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|Clean Up Effort Makes Nature Preserve A Treasure
|A little hard work goes a long way. Members of the community and several boy and girl scout troops and even an eagle scout was on hand at the 110-acre Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve yesterday for a 'Many Hands Make Light Work Day'. It provided an opportunity for area residents to go out to the preserve and participate in a number of projects to help clean-up, maintain, and improve the current conditions at the preserve.
President of the Western Illinois Nature Group, or WING, Lora Wright, says the preserve already hosts a number of campers, and monthly events and she tells WGIL her group just wanted to provide a place for younger children to gather without worry.
"We just wanted a place where youth groups, church youth groups, or 4H, scouts, or any kind of groups could safely bring kids so they wouldn't have to go to public campgrounds. We didn't feel like it was very safe."
Those who were at the nature preserve yesterday worked on painting a handicapped accessible bathroom as well as other projects. Members of the Boy Scout Troop 226 were on hand to build a bridge after another bridge over a creek had been washed away by the rains.
Wright encourages people to come out to the preserve to experience nature. Something she said you can't get from a computer.
To find out more information on Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve check out www.blackthornhill.org.
(Members of Boy Scout Troop 226 work on a foot bridge at the Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve)
(Boy Scouts help replace a missing bridge during the 'Many Hands Make Light Work Day )
(An Eagle Scout leader cuts a rail at the Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve)
(Break time for both Boy and Eagle Scouts during a clean up effort at Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve)
(The view of some of the Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve just outside of Knox County)
(News Photo's and story by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
|05 23 09 by Newsroom
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