The Madison Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails (FMCPT) hosted the prairie appreciation bike ride on July 16th. This annual educational bike ride was started in 2005 by botanist and prairie enthusiast, Jack McDowell.
Jack was one of the early "discoverers" of the remnant prairies of Madison and Clark counties and has assisted FMCPT in efforts to manage these prairie treasures in the midst of threats from invasive woody plant and agricultural weed species. Jack passed away in 2012, but his dream to inspire others to preserve the Ohio prairie is not forgotten.
This year's ride was co-led by Julia Cumming, Program Administrator of Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, John Silvius - professor emeritus of biology at Cedarville University, Matt Silveira, Corporate Environmental Manager, CEMEX Corp, and Karen Stombaugh of Madison County Master Gardeners.