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Junior Rangers discuss local wildlife

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Members of the Junior Ranger Program, “Be the Biologist” project were on hand to read statements to the Liberty City Council in hopes of convincing Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett to join them by signing the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge as part of the National Wildlife Federation. Students ranging from first to sixth grade participated.

Junior Rangers appealed to the Mayor to help them improve the wildlife habitat in Liberty. The group presented several areas they would like to see a commitment in:

• A new ordinance for native landscaping on municipal lands and new business developments.

• A new ordinance for native landscaping new business developments.

• The city support the Junior Rangers by lettin them create pollinator and insect habitat.

• The city implements “No-mow wildflower areas” in Liberty Municipal Parks and associated pocket parks. They are also going to request the city Fire Department burn those areas for maintenance and renewal.

• They are also going to plant the seed about a light pollution ordinance for new business developments.

After some impressive presentations Pickett exclaimed, “where do I sign up?”

Participants in the program are Kahleya Shirkey, Nolan McDonnel, Hutton Evans, Logan McNeil, Landry Lamelle, Andy Gonzalez, Jake Gonzalez and Harper Thomas along with Laurie Lomas Gonzales, Refuge Biologist.