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  • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Thanks Dedicated Adopt-a-Road Volunteers

    July 19, 2019
    Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
    17076 293rd Ave NW
    Zimmerman, MN 55398
    763-389-3323 Email: sherburne@fws.gov
    Date 7/18/2019 Alaina Larkin 763-389-3323 x113
    Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Thanks Dedicated Adopt-a-Road Volunteers
    Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, during the months of April, May and June, 125 individuals volunteered their time and cleaned approximately 22 miles of refuge roads! Sherburne NWR would like to recognize all of the Adopt-a-Road volunteers for their commitment, hard work, and willingness to help keep the refuge pristine.
    The Adopt-a-Road program is vital to the maintenance of the refuge. This spring was no different but came with its own set of unique challenges. In April, we again saw uncharacteristic snowfall, followed by significant rainfall in late April and May. This weather didn’t waylay our volunteers and they were out as soon as the snow melted! As well, this delay meant that this volunteer program extended into the month of June, when high temperatures and biting insects become more common. Our volunteer’s dedication, commitment and flexibility shined through this season as they overcame obstacles. Throughout these three months, litter from the refuge filled an 8-yard capacity dumpster. That’s more than 1400 gallons of trash removed from the refuge! Adopt-a-Road is not only a clean-up operation; it works to educate both our visitors and volunteers about the responsibility of land stewardship. Each time a volunteer is spotted walking down a roadside, we are reminded of our shared responsibility to care for the land and the effort that is required to preserve our refuge. The fact that Adopt-a-Road volunteers not only share this sense of responsibility, but take action to make it better is what makes them so special, valued, and appreciated.
    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 three 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. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne.
    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 www.fws.gov.
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    News Release
    Alaina Larkin
    763-389-3323 x113

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