St. Louis District Corps of Engineers Commander to Honor Local Heroes, Sign a Partnership Agreement, and Open a New Trail.

BENTON, IL- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Commander Col. Bryan Sizemore will visit the Rend Lake Project Office & Visitor Center on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for a Partnership Ceremony. The Commander will honor two Franklin County Deputies for their acts of valor while saving a young woman’s life at Rend Lake. The Colonel will also sign a partnership agreement for the North Marcum Improvement Project which includes construction of an archery complex and mountain bike trail. Lastly, he will recognize Rend Lake’s partners which worked diligently to complete the new Pollinator Trail Project and open the new area with a ribbon cutting.

09:30 – 09:50 Welcome and Introductions (Operations Manager Jackie Taylor)
Recognition of Franklin County Deputies (COL Bryan Sizemore)

09:50 – 10:10 Project and Partner Summary (Operations Manager Jackie Taylor)
Signing of the North Marcum Improvement Partnership Agreement
(COL Bryan Sizemore and Partner Representatives Sign)

The North Marcum Improvement Project Partnership Agreement brings multiple local, regional, and national partners together to provide a 40 acre archery complex, including both a range and a trail, and 12+ miles of mountain bike trails.

10:10 – 10:30 Move to the Pollinator Trail
Project and Partner Contribution Summary (Park Ranger Cassie Magsig)
Recognition of the Pollinator Trail Project Partners (COL Bryan Sizemore)
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Pollinator Trail Project
(All Trail Project Partners, Operations Manager Jackie Taylor, and COL Bryan Sizemore)

Fourteen partners came together to provide Rend Lake visitors with a new 1200 foot long universally accessible trail encircling the Catfish Cove Pond; four accessible fishing piers; a covered bench; a half mile long nature trail; and over 5 acres of native pollinator plantings.

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