In-Progress: Whiterock Conservancy
September 14, 2011
Confluence is leading a team to analyze and expand the area’s existing trail system, including exploring potential trail reconstruction and providing additional trail connections and related amenities for a total 30-35 mile network near Coon Rapids, Iowa.· view full ·
Whiterock Conservancy is a non-profit land trust whose mission is to involve the public in finding an appropriate balance between agriculture and the environment. The Conservancy stewards more than 5,000 acres of land along the Middle Raccoon River.
This project is unique in that Whiterock Conservancy has hired outside resource professionals to evaluate and identify interpretive opportunities for ecology, archaeology, geology and water resources. For the next nine months, scientific surveys will be conducted to establish a baseline of natural resources in the trail corridor, so that trail impacts can be measured over time. The trails will accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers while also integrating trail amenities such as river access points, wildlife viewing infrastructure, wilderness campsite development, additional interpretative signage and habitat improvements.
Preliminary field work has been completed and a draft of the trail corridor concept is being presented at a public meeting on September 14, 2011. The concept will be finalized with input from this meeting, and construction documents are slated to be prepared for a spring 2012 bid letting – with construction anticipated in late summer/fall 2012.