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Ecologists, paddlers team up to prep for river race



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Trees, rocks and other things that fall in the river can create little coves or otherwise act as microhabitats some life forms need to survive. (click for larger version)
March 06, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Although humans generally saw last June's tornado damage as wholly negative, in some ecological respects, it created areas that will benefit other species.

That's particularly true along the Quinebaug River and its tributaries, where limbs that have fallen partly or fully over the water create little safe havens for fish, perches for birds, bridges for terrestrial animals and so forth, even when they create hazards for boaters.

Negotiating the two will be an issue over the next two months, as the Lions Club, local paddlers and others prepare for the annual All-American River Race, being held April 28. That starts at Sturbridge's Turner Field and ends at Westville Park, and is a fundraiser supporting numerous Lions projects, most of them vision related.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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