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Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS - Kyle Rector of Americorps, right, unloads lumber from a forklift operated by Dale McCoy with the U.S. Bowling Congress onto a truck at the Baton Rouge River Center on Tuesday. The bowling congress donated some of the lumber it used to build facilities for its tournament to the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity. Americorps volunteers are working with Habitat For Humanity, which plans to sell the wood from its ReStore on Airline Highway.

The U.S. Bowling Congress brought in a construction crew last week to dismantle almost everything that the group built in the Baton Rouge River Center for its 2012 bowling championship tournament.

That included 45,000 feet of drywall, said Greg Moore, the USBC’s director of tournaments, planning and production.

The bowling group built offices, walls, bowling equipment vendor booths and a merchandising store for the 151-day tournament.

On Tuesday, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge were packing up flatbed trucks with plywood and two-by-fours gathered from the dismantling of the USBC’s temporary facilities at the River Center.

The lumber donated to the Baton Rouge nonprofit organization will be resold to the public at its ReStore on Airline Highway to raise money, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Lynn Clark said Tuesday.

Clark said she hopes to sell about $25,000 worth of donated lumber to the public.

Moore said the lumber the bowling congress has donated to the Habitat group is about enough to build two, three-bedroom houses.

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