Groundwork USA Green Team visits the Refuge

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An ambitious work crew spent a day on the National Elk Refuge last week, reposting boundary signs on the southern half of the Refuge's elk and bison hunt areas.


August 4, 2017

An ambitious work crew spent a day on the National Elk Refuge last week, reposting boundary signs on the southern half of the Refuge's elk and bison hunt areas. Though the work project lasted only a day, it was part of a growing partnership between the Groundwork USA's Urban Wildlife Conservation Program.

The 20 participants, aged 16 to 23, are working as employees in conservation projects this summer. Their conservation work experiences are primarily focused in urban areas and often on reclaimed lands. The field trip to Jackson was threefold: it allowed the youth to meet others in the program, gave them a broader understanding of conservation work, and provided an opportunity to work alongside their federal partners.

National Youth Program Director Curt Collier explained the benefits of bringing the students to the National Elk Refuge. "This particular wildlife refuge is adjacent to a small town, but it sees tremendous visitation," he said. He noted how this exemplifies the need to carefully manage the resources so all entities can flourish. "I challenge the students to come up with solutions," he explained. "These are the issues we talk about around the campfire in the evenings."