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Volunteers Needed To Help With Roland Wetland Habitat Improvements
Updated March 29, 2017 10:22 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(PAOLI) - On April 22, members of the Hoosier Hills Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Hoosier National Forest staff, and other volunteers are invited to come out to Roland Wetland to work on habitat improvement projects.

The wetland is located west of Paoli, off US 150.

"Here's your chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference for wildlife," said Bryan King, Wildlife Technician on the Hoosier National Forest

King has a variety of projects planned for the day in this large wetland complex along the Lost River. King said there will be plenty of projects to interest everyone. He has some wood duck boxes to put up, brush piles to build for habitat, and a good number of trees to plant. There are also invasive species of plants to remove, some weed-eating to do around control structures, and trash to pick up.

"Anyone who can help is welcome," King says. He suggests volunteers wear sturdy footwear, long pants, and bring gloves and water."

If people want to meet at the Roland Wetland, he plans to start work at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. If people want to caravan, he will meet them at Lowes in Bedford at 8 a.m. that morning.

"We plan to work until noon, so you have time to do something great for wildlife and still enjoy the rest of your weekend," King says.

King would like people to RSVP if they are coming so he can bring enough tools and equipment. To let him know you are coming or for more information contact King at the Bedford Hoosier NF office at 812-276-4741 or email

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service's Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit

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