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Volunteers set to improve Lake Norman aquatic habitats Saturday

A volunteer with the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists loads buttonbush plants onto a pontoon boat for transport to a planting site on Lake Norman.
A volunteer with the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists loads buttonbush plants onto a pontoon boat for transport to a planting site on Lake Norman. COURTESY N.C. WILDLIFE FEDERATION

Volunteers with Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will lead a major effort Saturday to improve the lake’s aquatic habitats.

The volunteers will plant 250 buttonbush plants on an island to slow erosion and provide habitat for wildlife. They will erect an osprey platform and place wood duck boxes and brown-headed nuthatch boxes on poles in the lake.

A barge with a trackhoe will put hundreds of tons of rock into the lake as habitat for largemouth bass and other fish.

Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists is a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.

The volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Rusty Rudder restaurant, 20210 Henderson Road, No. 101, in Cornelius.

Details: Chris North at 704-332-5696; chris@ncwf.org.

Marusak: 704-358-5067;

Twitter: @jmarusak

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