Hatchery attendees trained on wetlands construction
It’s no secret that Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery is known for its trout.But did you know that it’s also known for its wetlands?Yes, through the efforts of over 30 individuals, WolfCreek served as host for a two day hands on course in how to design and construct wetlands.Led by nationally known wetlands expert and author, Tom Biebighauser, a biologist with the U.S. Forest Service working in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the workshop gave attendees the chance to learn how wetland projects can be planned in forested and open areas, on vast expanses of public land, within transmission line Right-of-Ways and on school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people.Because of this variety, the event attracted people from a variety of professions and from 5 different states, including Texas.
The engaging workshop was designed for individuals interested in constructing small wetlands for environmental education and to benefit wildlife, and through Biebighauser’s instructor, participants learned how to assess site conditions to determine the location, size, and type of wetland to be constructed, lay out proposed wetlands, select a construction technique, work with heavy equipment operators, and establish native plants.Participants also enjoyed a chance to put their newfound knowledge to work by constructing three wetlands, all of which will prove to be of great benefit for the hatchery, its visitors and especially school field trips.
The event was made possible at a small cost to all attendees through the generous support of numerous organizations and agencies, including the following:U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Sheltowee Environmental Education Coalition, Association of State Wetland Managers, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc, PARC (Partners in Reptiles and Amphibian Conservation), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc and the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration.
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