Warriors in Transition Help Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
|Photo Caption: Warrior in Transition Volunteer Randy Aspacher with Refuge Manager Jason Lewis in front the Boss Unit Shorebird Observation Platform. Credit: Jennifer Brown / USFWS|
These soldiers spend their recovery time outdoors, working to fulfill the goals of the refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “With equipment in tip top shape, our staff are able to improve and maintain parts of the refuge such as mowing along dikes, road sides and trails. These sites provide safe and high quality wildlife viewing access for the public,” said refuge manager Jason Lewis.
Aspacher and Barrett chose to work at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge as part of their recovery program. With budgets getting increasingly tighter, having the extra help makes a huge difference in project completion rates.
|Photo Caption: Refuge manager Jason Lewis with Warrior in Transition Volunteer Jeff Barrett standing near a mower he is repairing. Credit: Jennifer Brown / USFWS|
Aspacher and Barrett spend their time helping to improve the refuge not only for their community, but also to help wildlife. You may call them warriors in transition but around here we consider them a part of our refuge family.