A group from William A. Kibbe & Associates volunteered during a recent planting day at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge – a site founded in 1953 that is part of a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

The refuge’s mission is to preserve and manage an undeveloped expanse of floodplain forest, marshes, rivers, and associated habitat within an agricultural and urban landscape through habitat management, encouraging public stewardship, educational programs, and private land activities. Shiawassee Refuge is designated as a United States Important Bird Area for its global significance to migratory waterfowl.

WAK volunteers worked together to plant wildflowers, prairie grasses, and native plants along the edge of a pond located on the refuge. Over time, these plants should grow and spread, helping to contribute to the vitality of this important local habitat.