The event celebrating the creation of River Recharge Natural Area, located at the north end of Bishop Street, was an amazing success! Approximately 130 people came out for the hike on Saturday, July 16, and a good many went on to continue the celebration at Roughhouse Brewery.
Known for years simply as the Buie Tract, these roughly 94 acres were renamed River Recharge Natural Area (RReNA), due to the many karst features on the property. Although RReNA is “open for business,” much work remains to be done there. “We have about 2.5 miles of trail laid out, though not all of it is built yet,” says Jon Cradit, SMGA vice president and member of the trail crew. Plans are also in the works to build an entrance kiosk with a map and other information, and to create an interpretive sign, much like the one at the dam in Purgatory NA, explaining the recharge process.
Many people deserve great thanks from SMGA for their contributions to this event. Chief among these are the owners of Roughhouse Brewery and SMGA member Ben Peck, who coordinated the partnership with the brewery and also took responsibility for the setup and takedown of the volunteer station. A big thank-you also goes to hike leaders Andy Grubbs, Monique Tschurr, Dick McBride, Cindy Hobson, Andy Nance, Lance Jones, and Alan Holzgrafe. Finally, thank you to everyone who assisted Outreach Chair Susan Hanson at the volunteer station: Niki Lake, Olivia Palomares, Matt Lewis, Jo Korthals, Mark Taylor, and Cameron Herber.
The following photos were taken by SMGA members Lance Jones, Monique Tschurr, Olivia Palomares, and Ben Peck.