Tom Biebighauser, a wildlife biologist for the U.S.
A completed wetland at Manchester Elementary School in Clay County constructed by Tom Biebighauser, wildlife biologist for the US Forest Service, who is directing the project at Glenn Marshall Elementary and B. Michael Caudill Middle schools.
Students secured the liner with stakes in areas marked by Tom Biebighauser, a wildlife biologist for the U.S.
used a surveying level, a tool used to measure the shape and depth of the wetland, to make sure each stake was positioned correctly.
Historically, settlers of America saw wetlands as a nuisance and the consensus was to avoid or drain "these foul breeding grounds," according to the website for the Center for Wetlands
and Stream Restoration in Morehead, where Biebighauser
But current research shows that wetlands serve as important areas for biodiversity, water reclamation, and soil conservation, the website states.
According to the EPA
, wetlands are second only to the ocean in the number of organisms inhabiting them.
Biebighauser has traveled the states to oversee several similar projects, including wetland construction at Kirksville Elementary and EKU