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  • A Successful Fall Road Clean Up at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

    November 13, 2018
    Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
    17076 293rd Ave NW Zimmerman, MN   55398
    763/389-3323    Email:  sherburne@fws.gov
    Date  11/13/2018      Jessica Nelson  763/389-3323x104        
                                     Alaina Larkin  763/389-3323x113
    A Successful Fall Road Clean Up at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
     Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This fall during the months of September and October, 87 individuals volunteered their time and cleaned approximately 28 miles of refuge roads! Sherburne NWR would like to recognize all of the Adopt-a-Road volunteers for their dedication, hard work, and willingness to help keep the refuge pristine.
    The Adopt-a-Road program is vital to the maintenance of the refuge. Volunteers pulled an array of items off of the road this season including a car bumper, wheel scrapes, chunks of concrete, enough energy drink bottles to fill several trash bags, old clothing, plastic bags, several yards of scrap fencing, plastic water bottles, electrical wires, and more- enough to overflow a 6 yard dumpster! The refuge is fortunate to have a group of people who tackles this litter issue head on and takes action to keep the refuge clean. This program reminds both our visitors and the volunteers about the responsibility of land stewardship. Each time a volunteer is spotted walking down a roadside, we spread the message that it is a shared responsibility to care for our land and that there is a tremendous effort required to preserve our refuge. Su Johnson, a long-time refuge volunteer who coordinates the program, is so grateful to the volunteers and reminds everyone that “you don’t need to be a part of an organized program like Adopt-a-Road to do your part- if you are out on the refuge or anywhere- please pick up any litter you see lying around”.
    Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is so thankful for the efforts of our dedicated Adopt-a-Road volunteers to keep our roadsides and habitats clean and wildlife friendly. Sherburne NWR would also like to thank Ace Solid Waste for donating a dumpster for our Adopt-a-Road program to use during the 2-month clean-up.
    Sherburne Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and is located near the cities of Princeton, Zimmerman, and St. Cloud, in central Minnesota.
    The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.
    Mike Brubaker, Executive Director
    (763) 262-4433

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