Students helping on Earth Day

Kaibab National Forest employees and Grand Canyon National Park middle and high school students will team together tomorrow to celebrate Earth Day by completing a needed public service project just north of Tusayan.

The goal of the project is to build a fence around a three-acre parcel to allow for revegetation and reclamation.

The project site is at the junction of Forest Road 328 and state Highway 64 just south of the Grand Canyon National Park boundary.

Heather McRae, a forester with the Tusayan Ranger District, is coordinating the project that will require the enthusiasm and hard work of about 50 middle and high school students.

"The students and teachers were looking for a community service project that was more involved than just picking up trash," McRae said. "We were having trouble with people driving into this area, which was keeping us from revegetating it. This project seemed like a good fit for the school."

McRae added that she would like to build on this partnership with the schools by working on additional projects in the future that would benefit the community.

The site to be fenced was where the Moqui Lodge and gas station once stood. They were demolished in late 2005. The concessionaire decided to have the buildings torn down and the site naturalized due to the expense of bringing the structures up to code.

The public is invited to join in the project. Carpooling is highly recommended, and parking will be available at the Tusayan Ranger District station across from the project area. To participate, please be at the station by 8:30 a.m. April 19.

For more information, contact McRae at 928-635-8232 or at hmcrae@fs.fed.us.

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