Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Knoxville, IA - Nine individuals from Iowa and Nebraska braved record high temperatures and a heat index of 129°F to learn, teach, and practice Leave No Trace on the largest lake in Iowa, Lake Red Rock.
The nine participants on the course represented several different organizations including the Story and Warren County Conservation Departments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and the Hawkeye Cadet Council. All nine participants showed a high level of energy and interest in Leave No Trace and gave fantastic presentations. In the picture above, one of the participants teaches the rest of the group "Respect Wildlife" by creating a web of life.
The entire course was held at a brand new primitive campground on Lake Red Rock. The Hickory Ridge site was purchased by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation with the help of over 130 donors and will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The objectives of the project included "rewilding" the site and keeping it relatively primitive so Hickory Ridge will only be accessible by hiking-in or by paddling in by boat.
Thanks to Jamie Gyolai for setting up such a great course and getting together such a great group of people.
All the best,
Agata and Jason