2015-06-18 / Nature

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Program

The Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is launching a volunteer Weed Warrior Program, with the goal of maintaining healthy National Wildlife Refuges through the identification and eradication of invasive plant species. Invasive plants can decrease the success of native plants, affect bird populations, and disturb other wildlife in the Rhode Island refuge system.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Nick Ernst, in collaboration with Hope Leeson, botanist for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, has scheduled two training classes for members of the public interested in joining this program. The first will be Saturday, June 20, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown. A second class will be conducted Saturday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

For more information, or to register for either training session, contact Nick Ernst at nick_ ernst@fws.gov or 401-364-9124 x19.

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