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Fort Payne Students Improve DeSoto State Park

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- About two dozen Fort Payne High School students helped save an endangered species this week, simply by doing some yardwork.

They trimmed away overgrown brush and picked up sticks around pitcher plants.

The endangered plant lures bugs inside its leaves, traps them, and sucks out nutrients.

But parts of DeSoto Park where it grows are overcrowded with other vegetation.

"There's a lot of extra brush growth that's blocking out the light and it's competing with the pitcher plants for the nutrients and water," agri-science teacher Dan Groghan said.

"By coming in and clearing out this brush we're giving the pitcher plant a better opportunity to survive in this area."

Another half-dozen agri-science students who took a course in woodworking spent their time piecing together boards and concrete to build an eight-foot by ten-foot shelter for the back-country backpacking camp site.