Red River Wildlife Refuge day of cleaning

Red River Wildlife Refuge day of cleaning

It was a busy day Saturday at the Red River Wildlife Refuge.
It was a busy day at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge.

The 2nd Annual Cleanup day was held.

It's part of National Public Lands Day.

The Red River Wildlife Refuge is Mother Nature at its finest.

"This refuge is a place for wildlife first, it's their home," said Ranger Terri Jacobson.

But with a high volume of visitors, it gets dirty easily.

And with a small staff, the rangers need all the help they can get.

"It's our job to take care of our habitat, our home, and one way to do that is participate in a cleanup day," said Jacobson.

About 50 people of all ages went to work doing different tasks around the property.

"I've been snipping the dead flowers that were about to fall off," said 10-year-old Joey Clary.

"I've cleaned all windows in here, people have picked up sticks, cleaned cob webs off of the outside," said participant Devin Williams.

This event is meant to help keep our local refuge clean, but it also teaches participants different things, like how simple tasks can keep the area full of life.

"You protect wildlife whenever you pickup litter," said Jacobson.

It's not how some would like to spend their day, but participants say it was worth it, knowing the difference it'll make.

"It's important, just making nature look pretty and stuff like that," said Clary.

"It's been a great experience, I would recommend other people to come help out around here," said Williams.

This is the second year for this event.

Rangers hope more will come help next year.

If you're looking to get involved, it's easier then you think.

Wildlife officials say you can do something simple like pick up a piece of trash.
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