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Wichita Mountain Wildlife Proposal 2 To: Quinton Smith, Park Ranger. Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. From: The Dead Poet’s Society: Rhiannon Poolaw, Katherine Johnson Date: April 18th, 2013 Re: A proposal to clean up the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge Clean-up Introduction The Dead Poet’s Society and The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge share a similar interest. We seek to protect and restore wildlife. We love visiting the Refuge. Our families have taken pride in the Wichita Mountains and wildlife for generations. The Refuge is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service which is “responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats" (9). While we believe that the refuge has done an amazing job for generations at caring for wildlife, we seek to improve the overall habitat of refuge by cleaning up what others have left behind and fixing what has been damaged. Glass, bags, cigarette butts, and other types of litter have been left by visitors and are posing a threat to the soil, environment and wildlife on the refuge. We propose that the Wildlife Refuge organize litter relief efforts with Cameron University students and other concerned citizens two days a year focusing on cleaning up the most visited areas on the Refuge. The Problem with Litter on the Refuge The US Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is to work with others “to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitat” (1). The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge defines itself as “a natural and wild area... [Where] visitors must be prepared to meet nature on its terms” (4). When visitors enter into the habitat and homes of this area’s wildlife, often they leave more behind than just their footprints. Glass, bags, bottles and other debris pose a threat to the animals and the environment. Although alcoholic beverages are banned on the refuge, the evidence does not go unnoticed. Shattered glass is becoming an all too common sight in this natural environment. The amount of glass mixed in with the soil is unhealthy to both wildlife and tourists alike. Evidence of this, as well as other litter, is photographed and available in the appendix. More than fifty students participated in our survey at

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