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Audubon building project receives foundation grant

Submitted photo Paulette Ritter, board member of the Jamestown Community Foundation, and Marshall Johnson, executive director of Audubon Dakota, hold a symbolic check representing the donation the foundation gave to the organization. The Jamestow...

 

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Paulette Ritter, board member of the Jamestown Community Foundation, and Marshall Johnson, executive director of Audubon Dakota, hold a symbolic check representing the donation the foundation gave to the organization.

The Jamestown Community Foundation recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Audubon Dakota Alkali Lake Ranch Event Barn building project. The ranch provides 3,000 acres of habitat for many birds and wildlife species just northeast of Jamestown and a focus for the conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. The award will provide for the Pollinator Garden, to be located in front of the barn.

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Construction of the event barn will be completed by this spring/summer and will provide meeting and educational space, surrounded by mixed-grass prairie grassland and within 200 feet of Alkali Lake. It will be available for Jamestown community members to reserve and utilize, for reunions, weddings and various gatherings of many kinds, along with an educational focus for area school children and youth and ecotourism programming.

Dakota Audubon is a nonprofit organization with members in North and South Dakota, many of whom volunteer to facilitate the implementation of their many programs and projects, including outreach and education, invasive species removal, native vegetation planting and even workdays at the Alkali Lake Ranch. Audubon Dakota is committed not only to protecting and creating bird habitat, but also to connecting people to the natural world. For questions about membership or participation, contact Marshall Johnson, executive director, at 701-298-3373.

For more information about the Jamestown Community Foundation or its grant application forms/guidelines, contact Barb Lang at 320-4570 or go to  www.jamestowncommunityfoundation .com. Donations to the organization can be mailed to Jamestown Community Foundation, 723 1st Ave. S, Suite 216, Jamestown, ND 58401.

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