Case Construction Equipment, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Team Rubicon teamed up for an equipment operator training and erosion abatement project at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Los Fresnos, Texas.
The project achieved two primary goals: Certifying equipment operators with Team Rubicon to work on national wildlife refuges, and performing erosion control at Laguna Atascosa, which sits on 97,000 acres bordering the Gulf of Mexico.
Case provided six machines to the effort – three full-sized excavators and three skid steers – and Team Rubicon brought in 18 operators from across the U.S. for the training.
For Case, the project is an extension of its Dire States infrastructure advocacy and awareness campaign.
For Team Rubicon – an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams for disaster relief – the training preps their members for operating heavy equipment in the field and makes them eligible to assist the National Wildlife Refuge System on future projects.
Operator training was performed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Case, and covered everything from basic operation to the latest in engine technology, controls and equipment management. Projects tackled included re-building a boat launch, culvert installation and hauling stone for other erosion control efforts on the refuge.