My friend Judy Schmidt, the Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of Dallas and the Trinity River Corridor Project, needs your help. The TRCP is calling for “trail maintenance” volunteers this weekend at Rochester Park, a 900-acre park blossoming with birds, ponds, and meadows since the TRCP, Dallas Street Department, and Parks and Recreation agreed to stop vehicular traffic in the area near the levee.
Judy and other local birders have reported multiple sightings of Bald Eagles in the wetland area near the intersection of I-45 and Loop 12. Look out, Dallas. You may think being a nature freak is nerdy, but Nature Nerds, like me, spend a lot of money looking for natural beauty (and birds). I hope the city of Dallas focuses on the potential for what I call “Twitcher Tourism.” (Maybe build a series of cabins in the woods for visitors to rent?) Call volunteer. I would love to join you but I have volunteered to help the Texas Bluebird Society install a few miles of bluebird nesting boxes at Lake Tawakoni. With Boy Scouts! Jump for more info on Rochester Park opportunity.
Student Conservation Association Celebrating Martin Luther King Rochester Park Trail Maintenance
Come join the celebration!
WHAT:Â Â Â In conjunction with the Student Conservation Association, the Trinity River Corridor Project would like to invite everyone to come join us for a morning in Rochester Park. On the Saturday following Martin Luther King Day, we will be gathering to perform trail maintenance. The Student Conservation Association will also be kicking off the Conservation Leadership Corps at this event. This program will allow volunteer members to build trails, restore river and lakefront environments, conserve habitats, and attend weekend camping trips and excursions throughout the school year. We would love to see as many people there as possible, so bring your rakes and gloves and come join the celebration!
WHEN:Â Â Â Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 9:00am-2:00pm.
WHERE:Â Â Â Rochester Park located at 3000 Municipal Street, Dallas, TX 75215
WHO:Â Â Â In addition to volunteers, members of the Student Conservation Association as well as representatives from The City of Dallas will be in attendance.
About the Student Conservation Association:
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 3,800 people each year. SCA members complete projects in every conservation discipline – from archeology to zoology – and everything in between. SCA is focused on developing conservation and community leaders while getting important work done on the land. Founded in 1957 to restore and protect America’s public lands and preserve them for future generations, SCA remains committed to this goal today.
About the Trinity River Corridor Project:
The projected $2 billion Trinity River Corridor Project is the largest public works and urban development project in the history of Dallas, and one of the largest of its type in the nation.Â It will reduce flood damage, provide recreational amenities and add visionary environmental benefits, improve downtown traffic congestion, and encourage development along the Trinity River.Â The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by internationally known architect Santiago Calatrava, is now under construction; and in 2011, construction will begin on the second Calatrava designed bridge, the Margaret McDermott Bridge. For project updates visit: www.trinityrivercorridor.org.