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Volunteers wanted for post-fire fencing clean up in Waterton

Volunteers will clean up the remains for a fence destroyed last year during the Kenow wildfire.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is searching for volunteers to help clean up the remains of a wire fence in Waterton that was destroyed in last fall’s Kenow wildfire.
On Thursday, Sept. 6 the conservancy is hosting an event to roll up and remove hazardous barbed wire that is left over from the fire.
The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 .pm. at the Jenkins property, located near Twin Butte.
“We are aware of the wildfire burning near Waterton and are monitoring the situation closely,” conservancy communication co-ordinator Carys Richards said. “The team is still planning to proceed with the event but will postpone if the evacuation alert remains in effect. If we do postpone, our Web site will be updated and all registered participants will all be contacted.”
The event is to create a safer habitat for the people who work on the land and the animals that live there.
If time permits, volunteers will also help to begin installing a new wildlife-friendly fence.
The Jenkins property is part of the Waterton Park Front Project, which creates a natural buffer around the National Park.
The diverse landscape supports a variety of wildlife including mule deer, grizzly bears, black bears, moose and many other species.
Volunteers are needed for this event. People may register by visiting conservationvolunteers.ca or calling 403-512-993-7695.
Since 2006, the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s conservation volunteers program has involved more than 19,000 Canadians across 1,500 events.
Last year, more than 2,800 volunteers helped staff with over 200 projects on conservation sites across the country.

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