In March 2016, the town of Blacksburg, Va. (Montgomery County) began calling out the frogs to help raise funds for restoration of Stroubles Creek, an impaired New River tributary whose watershed covers a significant part of the town. The “16 Frogs Project” involved creation of 16 bronze Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) statues (six to 12 inches tall), forming a trail through Blacksburg and the creek watershed to call attention to this freshwater resource. The number 16 references Blacksburg’s original 16-block street grid that was mapped by the town’s founder in 1798. The project was sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.; the Town of Blacksburg; and local non-profit organizations SEEDS, the Lyric Theater Council, Up on the Roof, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, and the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. More information about the project is available online at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/16-frogs#/, or contact Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., at (540) 951-0454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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