This valley is a study in contrasts. One of the most diverse biological regions in all of North America, it is also the poorest and the fastest growing. The Refuge's Farmland Phase-Out and Revegetation program was started in 1984 to restore native habitat and link fragmented habitat to create a wildlife corridor. It's working, increasing habitat for wildlife, including the endangered ocelot and jaguarondi, more than 490 species of birds, and about 40 percent of all North American butterflies. A partner in this effort since 1999, American Forests will work with the Refuge to plant 225,000 seedlings of 60 to 70 different species this year. Local community members volunteer to plant the trees.
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