Workers will open walking trail at park

Workers will open walking trail at park Volunteers from Vermillion and Clay County will open a trail from the camping area to the Missouri River at Clay County Park and will clean up the camping area on Saturday afternoon, April 21.

The Living River Group of the Sierra Club will be assisted by the Vermillion High School EARTH Club in this project.

"We want to leave the park in a condition that will inspire visitors to respect the Missouri River ecosystem," said Norma Wilson, outing chair of the Living River Group. "Though the area is certainly not the same as it was when Lewis and Clark arrived in 1804, we believe that a walking trail through the woods and a clean camping area in the tall cottonwood trees will encourage modern visitors to enjoy the quiet beauty of the place."

The volunteers will clear brush from the side of the trail, spread wood chips for easier access by hikers and bird watchers and will pick up and haul off trash so that the park will be more accessible and attractive to the visitors who are likely to arrive during the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The Living River Group will post signs reminding the public to keep the trail clean and warning hikers to keep their distance from the caving river bank. The project has the support of the Clay County Commission which will provide funding for wood chips and other services.

"This project is an effort of the Living River Group and other members of our community to improve the natural environment surrounding the Missouri and to increase public awareness of the inherent value of this resource to our community," Wilson said. "On April 11 the American Rivers organization declared the Missouri the nation's most endangered river. We hope that our continuing efforts can help to remove the Missouri from the list of our nation's endangered rivers."

For further information, contact Norma Wilson, 605-624-9279.

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