CONCRETE — In an effort to maintain elk from persevering with to break its sports activities fields, the Concrete Faculty District has partnered with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife to place up particular fencing.
The fence is manufactured from high-tensile woven wire, is 8 ft excessive and requires minimal upkeep. It goals to maintain animals out, however the wire additionally permits the fence to be considerably elastic, which will help scale back damage to animals.
The funding will come from a lately obtained grant.
“It makes use of wooden posts which have extra space between them,” stated Fenner Yarborough, a biologist with Fish and Wildlife’s North Puget Sound Area. “It offers a bit greater than the same old fencing. It has been very profitable in Oregon reserves.”
“One of many greatest challenges is we’ve got baseball fields and soccer fields, and we will’t hold the elk off of them,” stated Concrete Faculty District Superintendent Wayne Barrett. “My soccer fields are simply just about destroyed. So we’re going to should do a bunch of labor on them in an effort to get them again to the place they’re secure sufficient to play on.”
Annually, elk make massive, deep divots on the soccer subject. In previous years, the district would merely fill them with sand and reseed the broken areas.
“However this yr, it’s simply an excessive amount of,” Barrett stated. “Now we have gotten to the purpose that one thing else must be accomplished.”
The specialised fencing is the best choice they’ve discovered.
“In any other case, they’re simply going to get proper again in there and trash all of it once more,” Barrett stated.
He hopes the venture comes collectively shortly.
“If we will get the fencing accomplished, we will see about getting a grader in there and grade all of it out, then reseed it so it may be able to go by spring,” he stated.
The fencing will probably be put in across the elks’ most popular grazing areas. Much less visited areas will probably be fenced with customary chainlink fence.
Yarborough stated Fish and Wildlife is wanting ahead to getting the venture underway as soon as the paperwork is completed.
“We’re 100% behind this venture,” he stated.
Apart from maintaining the elk out, the brand new fencing’s supplies are much less noticeable than customary chainlink fence.