DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Five veterans from the Dubuque area are teaming up to work on habitat projects this summer.
The Telegraph Herald reports the veterans will do work at Dubuque County Conservation Board-managed areas for three or four weeks this summer.
The effort began after Jenny Ammon, a conservation board naturalist, got in touch with the Iowa National Guard after hearing of veterans who worked on conservation crews in the West.
The five volunteers will work to restore prairie, pick up debris, remove invasive species and do general maintenance.
On Wednesday, four of the group members cleared weeds at the Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area.
Veteran Randy Perry called the work “awesome,” He notes, “It’s exercise, getting out in nature, and no political stuff.”