ENOC – Officials recently embarked on the construction of the new Southwest Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Rescue Center in Enoch.
The short ceremony, which took place on the morning of June 11, was attended by Martin and Susan Tyner, who founded and ran the nonprofit for more than 25 years, along with ENOC City officials and about 30 other people.
In keeping with the spirit of the “Putting Roots” ceremony, as it was called, participants not only handed over a small amount of dirt, but put their shovels to work, planting a total of 10 new trees that will provide shade along the site’s southern perimeter.
as such Previously mentioned In Cedar City News, the Tyners decided last year to move their animal rescue operation away from their previous home in Cedar Canyon Park and move to Enoch.
Enoch City has agreed to lease the property to the Foundation for a period of 100 years at a rate of $1 per year.
“The Tyners are longtime Enoch residents, and we’re very excited to be able to help them,” Enoch Mayor Jeffrey Chesnut later told Cedar City News. “In this case, for Enoch, this is just another example of where we’re trying to get out of the way and allow people to pursue passion and vision and have something really stylish that will be productive for our community.”
Construction is expected to begin soon, with some girders already delivered to the site, which is located at the northern end of town, adjacent to the Enoch Animal Shelter and Enoch Dog Park. The future street address of the facility will be 6337 N. 650 East, Enoch.
The Raptors Rescue Building being constructed in the first phase of the project includes plans for a 100-foot flight room where larger birds will have room to fly as part of their rehabilitation.
“In the future, they are looking for a potential addition or other building where they can do educational outreach,” Chestnut added. “This can, ultimately, be a destination for groups, educating them on how to best care for and protect our wildlife.”
Also during the ceremony, Curtis Whitehead, representing Findlay Subaru of St. George, presented Martin Tyner a check for $10,693, representing the auto dealer’s annual contribution to the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Also in attendance was Rocky Mountain Power’s Tom Heaton, one of the foundation’s longtime biggest supporters.
According to Susan Tyner, they currently look after several baby birds in their home, including seven barn owls and five kestrel hawks.
To learn more about the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, visit the website or her Facebook page. In addition, his YouTube Channel It includes nearly 400 videos, some of which have attracted millions of views.
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