Volunteers Needed for Restoration at Turnbull

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, is seeking volunteers to assist with tree potting events throughout the month of April at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. During the month of April, refuge staff will be hosting single-day tree potting sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers will spend a half or full day assisting refuge staff potting native trees such as aspen, hawthorn, and cottonwood. These trees, once rooted, will then be used in habitat restoration projects both on and off refuge. Plantings typically occur in the fall with assistance from non-profit partners and volunteers. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of trees have been planted across the greater Spokane County area.

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These spring potting sessions are family-friendly and open to all ages. Large groups are welcome with advance notice. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing (long pants, closed-toe shoes) and provide their own food and water. Refuge staff will provide all the potting equipment, including gloves. No prior experience is necessary to volunteer. For more information about volunteering at Turnbull or to RSVP for a tree potting session, please contact Ranger Josh at joshua_contois@fws.gov or (509)-559- 3034.

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