Volunteers conserve natural resources


Volunteers from Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, spent three days helping the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails and Madison Soil and Water Conservation District to clear overhanging branches along the Prairie Grass Trail between the trailhead and Neil East. From left are, Nick Adams, Hewey Adams, Chris Gitch, Kyle Breeden, Chelsea Humalong, Caleb Bowling, Katie Bowling, Dallas Smith, Mackenzie Cohn, Justin Breeden, Lancelot Wyatt and Will Breeden.

The Prairie Grass Trail in Madison County is the place for bikers, skaters, walkers and runners to enjoy not only exercise, but a natural view of wildlife and wildflowers.

Since the completion of this segment in June of 2004, volunteers have played a major role in trail maintenance, according to Julia Cumming, program administrator at the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District.

Most recently, volunteers from Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, helped the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails and Madison Soil and Water Conservation District to clear overhanging branches along the Prairie Grass Trail from the trailhead to Neil East.

The Friends cut off the tall branches while the young volunteers from 13-18 years old cleared them from the trail. They spent three days to walk about four miles of trail. The result is a wider corridor and fewer hits from branches for the trail users.

Volunteers also play a role in educating the public about the wildflowers along the trail.

The Friends and Madison Soil and Water Conservation District are hosting a Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, starting at the Prairie Grass Trailhead, behind the Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London. One can take this ride at his or her own pace, with designated stops in which volunteers will help identify the wildflowers.

One can volunteer to help conserve our natural resources by joining Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails or becoming an Earth Team Volunteer at the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

For more information, email Cumming at julia.cumming@oh.nacdnet.net or call 740-852-4004.

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