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Medora Students Improve Knobstone Hiking Trail
Updated October 31, 2017 6:53 AM
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(SPARKSVILLE) - On Saturday, 15 students from Medora Community Schools made improvements to the Knobstone Hiking Trail, which passes through Sparksville and the Sparksville Jackson County Park.

Aaron Piper of the Seymour Tribune reports that Medora Community Schools teacher Pat Bahan, who is retiring this year after 35 years of teaching, started the project earlier this year through a partnership with the Knobstone Hiking Trail Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the completion and upkeep of the trail, which is planned to stretch from Indianapolis to Louisville, but is not completed yet.

The trail is part of a class project to get the next generation interested in the outdoors and community service work, Bahan said.

The 15 seniors were bused from the school to the location where they would work early Saturday before transporting their supplies to a nearby hilltop. Students added a by adding a ramp to the 16-foot footbridge they had built to make it easier to use and adding a bench to the top of a fairly steep climb on the trail.

The group also cleared several parts of the trail using hand tools and cleaned and trimmed the walking trail at the Knobstone Trail's camp site, the Sparksville-Jackson County Park. Weeds, logs, briars and other plant life including numerous Russian Olive plants, an invasive plant in southern Indiana, had to be removed from the trails to provide a clearly-marked path for travelers.

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