By Jessica Ridgway
Channel 2 News
4:34 AM AKST, January 11, 2013
Anchorage Girl Scout Troop 301 has adopted the popular wildlife-viewing location, Potter Marsh, as a site it will help protect and manage.
The Girl Scouts and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game came to the agreement that the Girls Scouts would be responsible for the upkeep of the boardwalk and other facilities, the assistance of public use and educational activities, the surveillance and protection of the wildlife, as well as other age-appropriate duties.
"The intent of the Adopt-a-Refuge program is to further the community's support and appreciation of our state wildlife refuges and ultimately all of our rich wildlife resources in the state," said Joe Meehan, Refuge Program Coordinator. "Community groups such as the Girl Scouts help us accomplish our management goals in the refuge by providing a much needed service and allowing us to be more efficient with our limited public funds."
Girl Scout Troop 301 leader, Georgia Lee Tolbert. said, "This partnership is a wonderful way for the scouts to give back to their community and helps teach them about responsibility and their role as a citizen in helping direct the management of our resources."
Potter Marsh is part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. It is a freshwater marsh in south Anchorage stretching across 564 acres. Each year approximately 130,000 visits are made to the Potter Marsh boardwalk.
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