Chelsea Olms/News From left, Althea Dye, Paul Helser, Maryclaire Morgan, Lori Totman, Kyle Buskirk, Jake Peer, Emilee Hardesty and Shane McGuire met at the Knox County Natural Resources Area to discuss where activities will be placed once construction begins on the site.

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From left, Althea Dye, Paul Helser, Maryclaire Morgan, Lori Totman, Kyle Buskirk, Jake Peer, Emilee Hardesty and Shane McGuire met at the Knox County Natural Resources Area to discuss where activities will be placed once construction begins on the site. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Natural Resources Area organizers held their first official work day Tuesday on the 10.486-acre area, located above the Knox County Fairgrounds.

Submitted graphic The map illustrates the 10-plus acres that make up the Knox County Natural Resources Area adjacent to the Knox County Fairgrounds. Plans are in the works to create a year-round facility promoting nature and outdoor activities.

Representatives from the Knox County Division of Wildlife, the Knox County Park District, Pheasants Forever, Knox County OSU Extension, Knox County Fish and Game, Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Brown Family Environmental Center walked around the site, discussing future plans for activity locations.

One of the main topics of the evening was deciding locations and sizes of the planned pollinator plots that will be planted. Several ideas to get the plots started, such as planting warm season grasses and native annual flowers, were brought to the table. The group decided, however, that larger pollinator plots take longer to get established and look nice. For this summer, while the larger plots are being prepared, the group decided on a smaller butterfly/hummingbird garden to use for education.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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