Volunteer Work Party at San Jacinto Wildlife Area a Big Success!

This past Saturday, 7/26/14, about 25 volunteers, made up of hunters that utilize San Jacinto Wildlife Area, assembled to assist the SJ staff in getting the wildlife area ready for the fast approaching waterfowl season. Shortly after 7 am the volunteers divided into groups and dispersed throughout the wildlife area to take on their assignments.

Some of the volunteers
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The main goal of this work party was to clean out the numerous water control structures throughout San Jacinto and extracting tumbleweeds and brush and weeds blocking access to them.

Some of the volunteers hard at work
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Now that the water control structures are cleared out the San Jacinto staff can start water flowing and begin the process of flooding the ponds for the waterfowl season. Some of the flooding was started Saturday as soon as the water control structures were cleared.

Traditionally, after a work party, many of the volunteers usually met at Casa Mexicana Restaurant for a well-deserved lunch break but Tom reported that on this Saturday most of the volunteers had other obligations to get to so they passed on lunch this time. This just goes to show the dedication of the hunters volunteering as they still showed up to work even though they had other things going that day.

Much was accomplished on this work party with a good turnout of volunteers from the hunting community. This work should help San Jacinto put on another successful waterfowl season for we Southern California hunters. As of this writing another work party day at San Jacinto is scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd. The August 23rd work party will be primarily a blind brush up day. This will probably be the final preparation to get San Jacinto ready for the 2014/2015 waterfowl season.

For information on the upcoming blind brush up day at San Jacinto Wildlife Area you can call the refuge office at 951-928-0580 or Tom Trakes 951-236-3040.

On a personal note I would like to extend my thanks to all the volunteers that came out and worked so hard. Unfortunately, the last couple years, I’ve been unable to attend the volunteer workdays as my work schedule has me working weekends right now. I truly appreciate the work that the volunteers do and I know the SJ staff appreciates it also.


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