Part of the new trail section.

A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Marion County Public Health Training Room, 2003 North Lincoln Street in Knoxville to continue and finalize efforts in developing a concept plan for multi-use trails in Marion County, with the intent of linking trails within the Central Iowa region.

The Steering Committee is chaired by Steve Edwards, Director of the Marion County Conservation Department. Other Steering Committee members include Craig Agan, Kathy Bruxvoort, Brett Call, Tyler Christian, Lauren Dietz, Sharry Johnson, Megan McKay, Kris Van Gent, Jeanette Vaugahn, Corinne Verhoef, Corinne Verschure and April Verwers.

The public, governmental representatives and others are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

Public meetings were first held in December 2014 and throughout 2015, facilitated by Brian Leaders, RLA, of the Midwest Region for the National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program. At those meetings, the public was encouraged to draw their suggested trails on Marion County maps.

Meetings are also being scheduled for Jasper, Madison and Warren Counties. For more information and updates, visit www.iowaheartlandrcd.org.

The Iowa Heartland RC&D is a 501(c)(3) corporation serving Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk and Warren counties for the purpose of improving the quality of life through economic development and resource conservation. Iowa Heartland RC&D activities this past year included efforts relating to expansion of the Central Iowa Trails, local foods/farmer’s markets and forestry initiatives.

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