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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge community work party

Not too far from my alma matter, I frequently made trips out to the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge and became fascinated by its landscape and unique habitat thanks to the Ice Age floods from 15,000 years ago. After the floods, volcanic eruptions in the Cascade Range deposited layers of ash, forming water-tight seals and creating 3,500 acres of sloughs and wetlands on the refuge, which are used by more than 200 species of waterfowl and songbirds.

Today, the Refuge protects 16,000 acres of scab land habitat. 

It's important we keep this gem healthy, so I'm happy to report there's an upcoming opportunity to help.

On October 4th from 9am-noon, the Friends Of Turnbull, the Spokane Audubon Society, and The Lands Council are teaming up to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species. They will have hundreds of native saplings to plant, and fencing to build at the project site to protect the trees from deer, elk, and moose browsing. All are welcome. 

Everybody will meet at the refuge headquarters. Drive five miles south of Cheney on Cheney-Plaza Road. turn left on Smith Road and drive 2 miles on gravel road to headquarters. Be sure to bring a long-sleeved shirt, work pants, sturdy boots or shoes, gloves.

Please contact Kate Burke, kburke@landscouncil.org or call 509.209.2851 to register in advance. The Refuge will also host a potluck lunch. Please feel free to bring your favorite dish. Ask for Sandy.

Everybody will meet at the refuge headquarters. Drive five miles south of Cheney on Cheney-Plaza Road. turn left on Smith Road and drive 2 miles on gravel road to headquarters. Be sure to bring a long-sleeved shirt, work pants, sturdy boots or shoes, gloves.




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