Washington Evening Journal
https://washington-ia.villagesoup.com/p/1678501

Fairfield Ledger   Mt. Pleasant News
Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2017

Record year for conservation projects

By John Butters | Aug 11, 2017
One of the most visible projects was likely the upgrades made to Willow Pond, located just outside Washington. Work on the pond included landscaping and the placement of a 10-foot-by-10-foot shelter house and two benches.

 

 

The Washington County Conservation Board reviewed what might be a record number of projects completed by the organization at its year- end meeting Thursday.

Executive Director Steve Anderson said the board had an exceptional year in 2016-17.

“We had a great year. Everyone on the team did a great job. The community support we received was awesome. We have probably accomplished more this year than any other,” he said.

One of the most visible projects was likely the upgrades made to Willow Pond, located just outside Washington.

The $31,000 project included armoring the shoreline with large stone to reduce the wind erosion that was degrading the pond. Work on the shoreline also included removing trees, building jetties and raising the trail that circles it.

Other work on the pond included landscaping and the placement of a 10-foot-by-10-foot shelter house and two benches.

The board made improvements to the Kewash Trail this year. That work included cutting back brush from the trail and reseeding the right-of-way, replacing a headwall that supports the trail near Washington and culvert work near the Keota Trailhead.

Additionally, the board rebuilt the trail’s Kiwi Road Crossing. That work included reshaping the land around the trail, putting in new drainage and pouring a concrete apron to stabilize the crossing.

The $38,000 project corrected a long-standing erosion problem at the intersection.

Several prescribed burns were conducted at Sockum Ridge to eliminate undesirable species of trees and underbrush. The resulting plots are more conducive to growing oak, shagbark hickory and black walnut trees.

A project begun but not completed is the renovation of Foster Park Pond. The small park pond has been drained and will be deepened and reshaped to provide a better environment for aquatic life.

The project also includes removing trees and the understory from around the pond to improve sunlight and aerate the pond.

The Clemons Creek shooting range received several improvements. A shelter with benches was set up on the 25-yard range. Concrete was poured around the benches to provide a firmer surface and a foot-path to the target was rebuilt.

The range is used by several law enforcement agencies, who contributed to the cost of the project. More improvements are planned in the next year for the range.

Marr Park received several smaller upgrades.

An Americans with Disabilities compliant campsite was added to Marr Park. The campsite includes water and electricity and has a concrete surface for wheelchair access.

The board authorized the construction of a new 104-foot-by-56-foot storage building to house its equipment and supplies. The cost of the project was $102,000.

A new entrance sign was erected with new landscaping surrounding it and a ranger/technician position was added to the staff this year.

The board will be tackling some large projects next year as well, he said.

“We have two primary focus points. We will be updating our displays in the Conservation Education Center and we will be working on the paving project for the Kewash Trail near Willow Pond,” he said.

 

 

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.