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High school students aid in restoration 

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On May 8 th 2003 over 120 students from Maplewood High School’s Biology Classes taught by Jason Drake planted trees and assisted in the construction of streambank fencing on a Ducks Unlimited riparian restoration project in the French Creek Watershed, Crawford County, PA.   Partners including the Crawford County Conservation District, DEP – Growing Greener, Natural Resources Conservation Service, French Creek Project, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Allegheny College Creek Connections and Ducks Unlimited helped to organize and fund the restoration of a section of stream running through the Glenn Kenny Farm.  

The riparian restoration excluded livestock from and restored vegetation along a small tributary of French Creek to reduce non-point pollution sources, create wildlife habitat, provide healthier conditions for the livestock and create an interactive education experience for local students.The students, led by senior Maria Anderson planted small trees and live stakes as well as constructed high tensile fence along the stream corridor.This project will not only benefit waterfowl and other wildlife but also provides hands on experience of watershed restoration principals to the students. No other classroom experience can immolate or match the positive effect one of these projects can make in a students career.




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