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Bunkhouse project proceeding at Va. refuge

Monday - 2/27/2012, 3:14pm  ET

CHESTERFIELD, Va. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proceeding with plans to build a bunkhouse for visitors to the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.

That's after the federal agency completed its environmental assessment for the proposed project at the refuge located in Chesterfield County on the James River.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( http://bit.ly/xEgpxJ) that the island refuge has been visited for years by students participating in an ecology program for the James River Association.

The bunkhouse will handle up to 30 students and six adult chaperones at a time. It will be built several feet above ground to minimize ground disturbance.

The bunkhouse will provide a more stable overnight shelter for participants. They've been forced to stay in tents in the past and that led to cancellations due to bad weather.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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