Case offers equipment, training for wildlife refuge

Case Construction Equipment is partnering with the National Wildlife Refuge Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Team Rubicon to provide equipment and training for an erosion abatement initiative at a national wildlife refuge in Texas.

“Public parks and recreational areas are a critical and often overlooked part of American infrastructure,” Project Manager Brian Weisbaum said. “Refuges and green spaces like Laguna Atascosa are important for wildlife habitat preservation while also bringing in billions of dollars nationally to the American economy via tourism and support. Our hope is that this project serves as an example for ways that private organizations such as CASE can work with public entities and nonprofits to improve important community infrastructure such as the National Wildlife Refuge System.”

Case provided three full sized excavators and three skid steers for the operator training, which was conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The training covered operating basics, as well as briefings on engine technology, controls, and equipment management. The operators-in-training were gathered by Team Rubicon, an organization that pairs skilled veterans with first responders to provide disaster relief. The trainees practiced their operation technique by re-building a boat launch, installing a culvert, and hauling stone for other erosion control projects throughout the refuge.

The Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge in Los Fresnos, Texas is a 97,000 acre preserve on the Gulf of Mexico established in 1946 that's home to 417 species of birds, 45 mammals, 44 kinds of reptiles, 130 butterfly and 450 plant species.

Additional sources:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife.html

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