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Subject: Re: Ouabache trails / T. recurvatum / Trail access
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Michael,

I have to admit to having my evening backstiffener when reading your
note but I had to read to following several times. Please explain:-

Those =93out-of-towners=94 please let the locals
know what to think,

Joy Bishop. Regular Indiana visiter.



-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:TRILLIUM-L at NIC.SURFNET.NL]On Behalf Of Michael Broz,
Vincennes,
S.W. Indiana, USA, z6
Sent: 26 March 2004 16:53
To: TRILLIUM-L at NIC.SURFNET.NL
Subject: Ouabache trails / T. recurvatum / Trail access


This update is tailored to numerous lurker emails, welcome!

Ouabache trails has the first T. recurvatum in bloom for this
area. Millions of Dutchman breeches, spring beauties, cut leaf
toothworts
and woodland spring cress are in bloom, however even
these are not fully up (-50%). These woods will appear to have
snow on the ground when at peak. I will give updates as time goes
by, plan on 2 weeks from now. At peak, you will see the above
plus: thousands of T. sessile (butting heads in many places) and
a lot of dwarf wood larkspur (the real show stopper) in bloom.
There are a lot of other neat plants, too many to list.
I have seen many woods, the first time I saw this one in bloom, it
shocked me. This is a wildflower haven on steroids.

This trail system covers over 200 acres and belongs to the Public
(Knox County Parks System). Free access. You are encouraged
to stay on the trails, but allowed to wander. Be careful on a
couple of the trail bridges. This is favorite morel hunting
ground as well. There is a nice beech grove at the top of the
highest peak with overlook. This trail system is very easy to
negotiate;
you basically drive up into the rotunda and park (lock
doors =96 place valuables in the trunk), and within a couple hundred
feet you are in the middle of it. The department director
lives on the rotunda and police randomly patrol the area for your
safety.
Picnic tables, water, trash disposal all on hand. Dogs
allowed on leashes. Those =93out-of-towners=94 please let the locals
know what to think, it means a lot to them. Many of these wildflowers
came
to a close end approx 5 years ago when one local group wanted
to covert part of the woods into a large pond. After a strong battle,
today it is safe as a wildflower sanctuary. I hope this problem doesn=92
t
resurface in 15 years.

Additional info @

http://www.indianaaudubon.org/guide/sites/ouabache.htm


On the Illinois side, her sister an even more pristine woods
exists, but one which is complicated for viewing and I honor the
keep out signs. In this woods, thirty years ago, I saw a large red oak
that was at least + 8 feet in diameter. For now it is in good public
hands stewardship, and I believe it is better to leave things alone,
as far as this woods is concerned.

Both of these woods and wildflower habitats was the result of farm
families who had the foresight generations ago of what was fast
dwindling in this area.

This area is full of history: Many native tribes lived on all
high ground areas along the Wabash, the French founded Vincennes
(1732),
English (FT Sackville), George Rogers Clark During the
War, N.W. Territory etc=85 I only put this paragraph in because all
the visibility goes into this area, I am a wildflower nut, so
I think the other is just as important!


Regards
Michael Broz
Vincennes, S.W. Indiana
Zone 6 (-20F / +100F)

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