Case and Titan Machinery donate equipment for habitat development

Wetland development project provides heavy equipment operator training time for Team Rubicon volunteers.

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Titan Machinery donated the use of two excavators to Team Rubicon for a service project and training event at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and Nebraska.

Donated excavator and training for wetland developmentThe Case CX210D and CX250D excavators were used to remove several levees and water culverts as part of a wetland habitat development project managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The 8,362-acre refuge is located along the Missouri River floodplain and provides essential habitat for resident, migratory and endangered species. Team Rubicon has a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create training opportunities for its volunteers. The organization has worked on several habitat management and mitigation projects in refuges all over the United States.

Team Rubicon tore down four levees and removed seven water culverts that were initially built to develop a wetland habitat for migratory birds. The work that Team Rubicon provided improves management capabilities on more 200 acres of wetland on the refuge and improves passage for spawning fish from DeSoto Lake into the wetlands. The team also built a temporary dam, which allowed them to remove several overgrown trees from a canal to improve water flow into DeSoto Lake.

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led disaster response organization that deploys teams globally. Its heavy equipment operators have been trained as part of a partnership with Case that began in November 2015.

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