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Media Memo: Conservation work being done in Putnam Park this week

TO:                 Photo/News Editors

FROM:           Judy Berthiaume

DATE:           April 7, 2010

SUBJECT:    Conservation work being done in Putnam Park this week

Students in a "Field Experience in Conservation Biology" class at UW-Eau Claire will remove invasive species from Putnam Park from noon-4 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Friday, April 16.

The students will work on areas east of the footbridge along Putnam Drive and the spur trail below the McPhee Center.

Each semester work parties that include students, faculty and staff try to combat invasive species and help conserve biodiversity in Putnam Park.

This Friday the students will work with crews from UW-Eau Claire's Facilities Planning and Management to remove buckthorn. They will pull and dig up young saplings, and haul brush.

On April 16, the students will pull garlic mustard (if the plants emerge by then).

Additional helpers are welcome.

Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology, will oversee the project. For more information, contact her at 715-836-5284or kleintpk@uwec.edu.

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