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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge planting party May 10


Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and Spokane Audubon Society will host a community work party on Saturday, May 10. This is part of an ongoing community effort to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species.

There will be hundreds of native saplings to plant, and fencing to build at the project site to protect the trees from deer, elk and moose browsing. Everyone is welcome to come and help.

Groups wishing to attend are asked to please call in advance to register. It helps in planning if staff know how many are coming. The refuge will also host a potluck lunch. Please feel free to bring your favorite dish. Ask for Sandy.

The planting runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with the potluck immediately following. The Friends of Turnbull will provide the hamburgers and fixings.

The planting party takes place at Turnbull Refuge headquarters, located five miles south of Cheney on Cheney-Plaza Road. Turn left on Smith Road and drive two miles on gravel road to the headquarters. Recommended clothing includes long-sleeved shirt, work pants, sturdy boots or shoes and gloves. If possible, bring shovels and pliers.

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