Volunteers restock vegetation along river


(Note: This is absolutely sickening in its deployment of the language deception troops. USFWS employee Patty Alexander -- who is paid with taxpayer dollars, just like the 800 acres USFWS bought from another global outsourcer business, and the 500 MORE acres on the list to buy soon -- is a master at her craft of making schoolkids and most of the public think that implementing The Wildlands Project is something other than the taking of Control of all resources. Please read with this in mind.)

October 31, 2004 

By James Osborne

The Monitor

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Rio Grande City, Texas - More than 1,000 schoolchildren, parents and volunteers from across the Rio Grande Valley descended on the La Casita land tract to work in the dirt and hot sun for hours Saturday.

When all was done, they had planted 14,262 plants, representing 44 species of native vegetation over 54 acres of land.

As 25-mph winds swept across the vast expanse of former farmland, volunteers turned their heads from the barren soil to the patches of shrub land in the distance.

Small but teeming with ocelots and green jays, the natural habitats that survive represent both the past and a potential future of the land they replanted Saturday for the 13th annual Rio Reforestation project.

After three hours of planting, Julie Hinojosa, 17, and the rest of the science club from La Joya High School were resting in the shade.

Its really hard work. Its hot and some of the ground is really hard, so its difficult to dig, she said.

All the hard work was [done] to restore the land to its former state, said Patty Alexander of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The wildlife here is used to dense brush, so they have a tough time crossing these wide open spaces, Alexander said.

We have these fragmented pieces of habitat, but the animals cant move between them, so were trying to connect them up.

The planted area was a fraction of the 800 acres the FWS recently purchased from Starr Produce, once a major Valley farming conglomerate that recently moved all its fruit and vegetable production to Mexico, according to John McClung, president of the Texas Produce Association. The company received $900,000 for the land and will likely receive another $563,000 for a further 500 acres once the Senate reconvenes and approves the expenditure.

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife) is one of the few places they can go to sell their land, he said.