July’s Project Spotlight is Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge!
MHYC has been working on various projects at The Arsenal for the last several years. Some projects have included trail maintenance, fencing, and most commonly, removal of the invasive Russian olive tree. This species of tree devastates the surrounding areas and is notoriously difficult to remove.
The Arsenal consists of 15,000 acres of shortgrass prairie and is home to more than 330 species of fish and animals. This land was previously a grazing area for herds of wild bison, then farmland for settlers moving west. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army transformed the space into a chemical weapons manufacturing facility. Beginning the in the 1980s, the Army began a massive environmental cleanup of the area and the site was later designated as a national wildlife refuge.
Today, our crews work tirelessly during the summer months to preserve the wild and natural beauty at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Crews keep areas of the park safe for visitors and management alike and help protect the abundant wildlife of the area.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal is open to visitors for free, seven days a week excluding federal holidays. For more information, please visit www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal