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LIBERTY, June 17, 2013 - AmeriCorps National Conservation Civilian Corp-Southwest Region recognized Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for a job well done by awarding the Refuge the Sponsor of the Round Award! They were nominated by AmeriCorps Sun 8 Team for the outstanding support the Refuge provided, helping the team to be as successful as possible in achieving their mission of National Service. "This was a great all around experience", according to Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus, "and we hope to host a team again next year."

Trinity River NWR broke the urban myth that held no first time sponsor could be given this award. The Refuge strived to make the team feel like they were at home with family by assisting team members with professional, cultural, and personal development while doing everything possible to make the team's work as efficient and meaningful as possible. During the 5 weeks the 10 member Sun 8 team was here in April and May, the team engaged over 2,500 children while hosting educational events featuring live animals, sprayed over 50 acres of water hyacinth in Gaylor Lake, sprayed 50 acres of Chinese tallow trees around the Refuge, assisted in facilities maintenance and landscaping, ran the Earth Day events, and built and maintained 1.5 miles of new hiking trails as a part of the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Projects. The team also provided local community support by helping out with the Relay For Life and Shred-it Day events in Liberty during the weekends.