Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hickory Ridge Dedication

Knoxville, IA - Last weekend, we were invited to join the celebrations for the official dedication of the Hickory Ridge site on Lake Red Rock. With the help of over 130 donors that included individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation purchased and restored 47 acres of oak-hickory woodland on Lake Red Rock. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers redesignated 155 acres of public land adjacent to the site, creating an area that is over 200 acres specifically set aside for primitive camping and public enjoyment.

As part of the festivities, we taught four awareness workshops to over 50 individuals, including kids, paddlers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation staff and board members, and Lake Red Rock Association staff and board members, and other individuals involved in making Hickory Ridge a reality.

Thanks to Jamie Gyolai for inviting us to be a part of this ground-breaking event and incorporating the Leave No Trace program into the Hickory Ridge site.

All the best,

Agata and Jason

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