Volunteers Work to Increase Wildlife Viewing Opportunities at Flannagan

Wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities at the Branham Farm Wildlife Management Area at John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir are increasing, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.

The Branham Farm Wildlife Management Area is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The agencies have partnered to attract deer and turkey by providing area food plots during the last four years.

Last spring Phillip Sutherland’s carpentry class at the Dickenson County Career Center volunteered to build bird boxes for the Corps of Engineers as a class project. Once the boxes were built, local volunteer Johnny Vanover of Clintwood, Va., cleared a half-mile trail and installed the bird boxes alongside the trail. The area is open to the public and will provide a multitude of bird-watching opportunities.

Future plans for the area include expanding access to wildlife enthusiasts with wildlife viewing decks and easier access to trails. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in these and other projects at John W. Flannagan Dam and North Fork of Pound River Lake.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact a Park Ranger at John W. Flannagan Dam at 276-835-9544.

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