Adams Nature Preserve Trail receives recognition

Adams Nature Preserve Trail receives recognition Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Trail received national recognition at the coalition for Recreational Trails annual achievement awards ceremony held in Washington, DC at the Capitol Hill Congressional Hall of Honor.

Dan Grewing, park manager of the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, attended the ceremony to receive the national award.

The Coalition for Recreation Trails recognizes trails in seven different categories. These annual awards showcase different trail projects around the country to illustrate the array of public benefits that result from recreational trail project investments. The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Trail received recognition for the Environment/Wildlife compatibility award.

The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Trail was funded through an ISTEA grant awarded by Governor Janklow in 1996. Funding for this grant was derived from Federal Transportation gas tax monies earmarked for non-motorized transportation.

"The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is a glowing example of the popularity and community pride generated by quality recreational trails," Grewing said.

Grewing believes the Environment/Wildlife Award was a perfect fit for the trail area.

"Not only does this award give us national recognition, but it also shows the potential for the area as an environmental outdoor classroom," he said.

The area, donated by Mary and Maud Adams, consists of 1500 acres and has a 450-acre cottonwood forest, an oxbow lake, over one mile of Missouri River frontage and native grass plantings, just to name a few of the area's interesting features. Grewing says people are just beginning to learn about the area and as it continues to develop more people will be enjoying one of Mother Nature's true treasures.

For more information, visit www.state.sd.us/sdparks/adams/adams.htm.

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