Department Of Interior
|Office of the Secretary||
Contact: Joan Moody
|For Imediate Release: April 21, 2003||
Assistant Secretary of Interior Lynn Scarlett will Participate in
Model Project at Meadow Spring Farm on Earth Day
Charles Town, W.Va. - Assistant Secretary of Interior Lynn Scarlett and other dignitaries are coming to Charles Town for Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. They will participate in work on a Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program at Meadow Spring Farm.
Assistant Secretary Scarlett, a national expert on public-private partnerships, considers the Meadow Spring Farm and the West Virginia Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program a model for landowners and government officials nationwide.
Landowner Warren Mickey, who will host dignitaries and volunteers on his farm, says the program is a "classic example of how individual landowners and the government can work cooperatively to achieve environmental goals." Volunteers include local officials as well as some of the more than 60 landowners in West Virginia who participate in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Mickey says the program was brought to his attention to help control erosion and improve the water quality of streams flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Through construction of stream crossings and streambank fencing, the project has prevented his cattle from walking on streambeds and enabled vegetation to grow. It is hoped that the resulting shade will cool stream water enough to enable introduction of trout. Mickey notes that the project has helped the farm financially as well as environmentally.
WHO: Warren and Reva Mickey,
Owners and Operators of Meadow Spring Farm
WHAT: Earth Day Event in which volunteers will plant silky dogwoods and other nativetrees along the Meadow Spring Farm stream bank.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2003,
Earth Day, 10:30 a.m. more
WHY: To showcase a model project under the Partners in Fish and Wildlife Program
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