By guest contributor Karis Pumphrey, preserve manager
Since the preserve was established in 2000, we have helped to protect the waters of–and nearly 441 acres of land surrounding–Lower Howard’s Creek, all without the assistance of taxpayer funds. Please consider helping us continue our mission of protecting rare, threatened, and endangered species, providing environmental education, and interpreting an important part of Clark County’s early history during the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s annual non-profit GoodGiving Challenge. While nature has reclaimed the creek valley, visitors can still enjoy stories and remnants of the area’s industrial beginnings. Guided hikes are offered throughout the fall, winter, and spring months, while the John Holder Trail is open to hikers year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and Saturdays during the winter).
Thanks to last year’s donors, we were able to again improve over 10 acres of habitat by removing non-native/invasive species, reconstruct over 40 feet of dry stone fencing, repair our John Deere tractor, install Diana Emerson Bush’s new burial stone, and have the swinging bridge inspected by a local engineering firm.
The GoodGiving Challenge lasts 4 days this year, November 28-December 1. Because of the generosity of a Friend of LHC, a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar match in honor of long-time volunteer, Bill Crankshaw, is available to compliment donor funds! This, in addition to other matches, will increase your gift by 300%.
Thank you for considering a donation to our organization. We hope you will visit the creek soon!