The Arc has saved over 4500 acres of natural areas and created 13 new preserve regions in the last 20 years, We are now working to open these preserves to the public with fine hiking trail systems. This year we are focusing on the Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve in Scioto County, which we intend to open to the public in April, 2017. This preserve is renowned for its vistas of blue Appalachian hills and the very rare Golden Star Lilies sheltered in its deep coves. This year, the Arc is working to nearly triple the preserve by raising money to add the 118 acre neighboring property to its holdings. See current land campaign. If you love working in the woods and you love hiking, we invite you to lend a hand!!
A Day of Trail Cutting
We have previously had 4 trail workdays to trim and clear two loop trails at the Gladys Riley Preserve.The trail is almost completely finished but needs some detail work to get ready for our Grand Opening on April 1, 2017.
What to Bring:
- A bottle of drinking water for the day
- A packed lunch
- Sturdy shoes/boots
- Work gloves
- Hat and/or rain gear if needed
- Sunscreen or insect repellent for ticks.
- Clippers, saw and maddock, if you have them (if not, we can outfit several volunteers)
Other opportunities will arise this year to continue installing the new trail at Gladys Riley, so if you cannot make this event but wish to be notified of future trail cutting days, please drop an email of your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gladys Riley Preserve – More Canvas for the Golden Stars
In 2005 the Arc of Appalachia founded the Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve with the purchase of 67 acres. It was the first-ever Ohio refuge for the golden star lily, Erythronium rostratum, a state-endangered species closely related to the common Trout Lily. The Golden Star Lily, instead of nodding like its more common cousin, lifts its head toward the sun and opens up like a star. Golden Star Lilies grow bountifully along the lower Rocky Fork Creek, a tributary of the Scioto Brush Creek, but are virtually non-existent in any other waterway in Ohio and are consistently rare throughout their entire range in Eastern United States.
Questions Regarding the Event?