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LUHS students help Oneida County start new pollinator gardenSubmitted: 10/30/2017
Story By Katie Thoresen

LUHS students help Oneida County start new pollinator garden
RHINELANDER - Flurries in the air and temperatures in the 30s don't make for great gardening weather.

But that didn't stop students from Lakeland Union High School from helping the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation department with its latest project Monday. 

"It's hard work," said LUHS junior Devin Allen.

Five students from Lakeland Union High School's applied science class helped rip up, roll up, and remove sod from behind the Oneida County Courthouse Monday.

The county received a $5,000 grant to put in pollinator gardens. 


 "We're looking at about 700 hundred square foot garden," Oneida County conservationist Michele Sadauskas about the plot behind the courthouse. 

As part of a class project, the students will do some of the labor and design work for this garden.

They even had two other students doing drone work for the project.

"The idea is to just get a shot by shot way of looking at the progress," said senior Daniel Lundquist.

"It shakes things up a bit," said junior Erik Draeger. "Not only is it a great activity for us, but it also gives a new opportunity for this. Normally you'd just be limited to on the ground cameras, but now you can get big shot of everything all together."

Sadauskas says the garden is a great way to get the community involved while helping out of the butterflies and the bees.

"Right now we're seeing what we call a pollinator demise," said Sadauskas. "We're just trying to help out a little bit."

The students will design the garden this winter.

Oneida County hopes to start planting in the spring.


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