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Rush For Brush in Grove
March 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This year’s workshops will be held on Saturday, March 14, at Wolf Creek Park in Grove and on Saturday, May 9, in the lower parking lot at the GRDA Ecosystems & Education Center in Langley. Both events will start at 9 AM.
Like popular workshops of the past, both events will be an opportunity for volunteers to build artificial fish habitats for placement in the lakes, at the location of their choice.
GRDA initiated the “Rush for Brush” program more than a decade ago and it has grown in popularity and participation each year since. The program is also the recipient of both state and national awards.
In November 2017 the program received the “State Government Program” award from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) and in May of 2018, it was awarded the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) “Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters” award. In both cases, the innovative approach to enhancing the fisheries was highlighted.
Today, thousands of artificial fish habits can be found in the waters of GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes, all placed there by GRDA or the many volunteers who have helped to build them over the years. You can view the locations of several of those habitats by visiting the online map on the Environmental Stewardship tab at grda.com.
While GRDA provides the materials for the “spider block” habitats, volunteers provide much of the manpower. The habitats protect fry and fingerlings and will stay in place longer than a natural brush pile because they are weighted with concrete blocks or bricks.
GRDA anticipates large turnouts for the workshops and is asking participants to register to ensure enough materials are available.
You can reserve your spot by contacting GRDA’s Jacklyn Jaggars at (918) 256 0723 or via email at [email protected].