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Making Trails Work x 2

on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 20:02

I spent this beautiful day hiking around Woodyard Trails and some acreage acquired by the land trust Grand Prairie Friends and the Lumpkin Foundation today, just outside of downtown Charleston, Illinois. (This is work; some days it's lucky to be me). Pictured above in front: Bruce Karmazin (Lumpkin) Dave Easter (Grand Prairie Friends), Brendon Lynch (Woodyard Trails), moi; in back, Jamie & Ed also from GPF.

I'm thinking a lot this spring about scaling Illinois Trail Corps.

Illinois Trail Corps 2016: Weldon Springs

on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 13:43

Illinois Trail Corps 2016: Weldon Springs

Illinois Trail Corps supervisor Steve French (sporting a new goatee for 2016!) and I met IDNR's Charlie Montgomery yesterday to see Weldon Springs State Recreation Area, where ITC will be working July and August 2016. A little north of Decatur, Weldon Springs is the smaller sibling to Clinton Lake State Recreation Area which is right next door. Charlie told us that Clinton Lake is the 2nd busiest—and 2nd highest in revenue—of all state parks and recreation areas. Both parks and their trails are essential to the local economies, nature appreciation and quality of life of Central Illinois. 

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