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      Volunteers needed for Spring Planting

      Workers with the Hiawatha National Forest are looking for a few helping hands for spring planting. The group will be planting a few thousand cells of Milkweed and other nectar plants. Organizers say Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch butterflies, an insect that has been on the decline lately.

      'I find the folks that come back year after year just take great joy and ownership knowing that they're helping to improve the land, their public land and so there's a lot of folks out there who want to help and improve that habitat for the Monarchs," said Deb Le Blanc, HNF Botanist.

      Volunteers are needed for Thursday April 17. The work will be between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and there will be a pot luck lunch. Another volunteer event is being planned for April 22, Earth Day.