As is our custom, the Nature Trail Committee (NTC) didn’t have a December meeting, but now we are full steam ahead in preparing for our expanded Wildflower Day, now to be known as the Charlestown Nature Festival, to be held in the Conference Center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 26. We have more than two dozen tables planned, with presenters having a wide variety of interests associated with Nature and our Trail.
The new wildflower and tree signs have been purchased for placement along the Trail before the Festival, and we have the replacement for Olaf the Troll, who will also be in place by the Trail. The new Charlestown birder group has made several local trips to check out our avian friends, and more species have been added to the Charlestown Bird List, which has more than 100 species.
Ruppert, our primary landscaping contractor, has donated a very nice Armstrong Maple as the memorial tree for our departed arborist Harper Griswold. The tree, with a suitable plaque, will hopefully be placed near the front of campus before the April Festival.
Of special interest are two assessments being done on campus. One is for a major upgrade of the Lake Charles area. The second is for contract maintenance along the Nature Trail itself. We greatly look forward to these improvements.
The next meeting of the NTC will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the Cross Creek Crafts room. Please join us if interested.