Soque Bulletin - June 13, 2009
Greenways makes BIG News!
Our Greenways Kickoff was a big success last month. We had about 75 people attend and received some great press coverage (front page of the Northeast Georgian and in the Gainseville Times). Representative Rick Austin, Senator Jim Butterworth and Terry Greene the mayor of Clarkesville were all in attendance. After a cookout, potluck and a few words about the significance of the Greenway from our elected officials, the group went on a half hour tour of the Greenway to learn about some of its more interesting and mysterious features such as the streambank stabilization site and the constructed wetland.
Several other items of note regarding the Greenway –
· NEW BROCHURE AVAILABLE - We now have a small brochure of the Greenway for self guided tours explaining the history, interesting features and future expansion plans. We can send this to you as a PDF and we’ll post it on our website soon.
· TAKE A TOUR - For larger groups (15 or more) the SRWA is happy to give guided tours of the Greenway to talk about how these new public lands will be used as a model site for other conservation projects including improving stormwater treatment, constructed wetlands and using native plants for restoration purposes. If your group is interested just give us a call.
· On the Radio - The Greenway will be the topic of discussion on WPPR 88.3 FM public radio this week. Candice Felice, the host of Community Life in Northeast Georgia interviewed Justin Ellis about the Clarkesville Greenways last week and the show will air on Tuesday, July 14th at 7pm. That’s tomorrow!
· More on the Radio - Another local radio station WCHM 1490 AM aired a similar program back on June 1st. Kay Dover the host of Good Morning Habersham had a 45 minute piece on both the Clarkesville Greenways and other future plans for the SRWA.
· Volunteer Corps forming- The SRWA is facilitating a Greenway Volunteer Corps to do special projects on the Greenway such as plantings, removal of unwanted species, trail maintenance and trail extension. If you are interested in getting involved in such work please let us know. Once we have a small group formed we may meet monthly or bi-monthly for special project work days.
Lots of Greenways opportunities. Thanks to all those who have participated and contributed their time and energies thus far!