Camping in Madison County, Ohio

Prairie Remnant Management Program

Timeline and progress of the Prairie Remnant Management Program

Hello Friends.............. Jack McDowell from the West Jefferson Park District is conducting a Nature Walk this Saturday, July 31, 2004, starting at the Madison County Senior Center Trailhead at 10:00 am.

The purpose of this nature walk is to identify species of prairie grass and wildflowers along the trail corridor. We also want to look at areas where overgrowth, poison ivy, and other invasive plant life can be removed in order to give some of the native rare and endangered plants the chance to regenerate.

After the desireable plant life is identified and locations are "mapped out", we will develop a plan of action for this fall and winter to begin removal of the overgrowth. Jack will give us training on the proper methods for removal.

We plan on meeting at the trailhead at 10:00 am. At that time, Jack will decide on how we will proceed. Some may ride bicycles, some may walk, and other may drive vehicles on Rt 42 to meet up at the various crossroads along the trail corridor.

Madison Press article: Two events aim to draw crowd to trail
(Jack McDowell conducts the first "Nature Walk" on the Prairie Grass Trail.)

FMCPT Photo Gallery: Wildflowers on the Prairie Grass Trail

FMCPT Photo Gallery: Jack McDowell begins the Prairie Remnant Management Project, which is ongoing to this day.

FMCPT Photo Gallery: Jack McDowell conducted the first "Nature Ride" on the Prairie Grass Trail.

Madison Press article: Flowers in peak bloom along the Prairie Grass Trail

Madison Press article: Prairie Grass Bike Tour is on its way

Madison Press article: Citizens, government, and education work together to restore Ohio prairie lands

Hello Friends....... Our annual Wildflower Tour has blossomed!  Madison, Clark, and Greene Counties have teamed up this year to offer an interesting learning experience while enjoying a leisurely paced bicycle ride. Madison County will kick off the rides this Saturday at the London trailhead at 8 am. The following Saturday the ride will be in Clark County, and the last wildflower tour will be August 8th in Greene County. All tours are free and you do not have to register. Just come and learn about some native rare wildflowers that you can enjoy at this time of year along the Prairie Grass Trail. Click here to view the Madison Messenger Community Calendar for more details.

Madison Messenger article: Pedaling past petals
(Jack McDowell conducts his final "Nature Ride" on the Prairie Grass Trail.)

FMCPT Photo Gallery: Jack McDowell Memorial Page

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks: Parkscope Magazine recognizes Jack McDowell for his dedication toward prairie restoration and his conservation efforts in Columbus Metro Parks and beyond.

Madison Press article: Feel the burn

Madison Messenger article: Controlled burn aims to save wildflowers on trail

Madison Press article: Prairie appreciation bike ride scheduled

Madison Messenger article: Groups collaborate to preserve prairies on the trail

Madison Soil and Water Conservation District Newsletter: Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride

Madison Messenger article: Trail sign honors prairie advocate Jack McDowell

Madison Press article: McDowell remembered

Madison Press article: Volunteers conserve natural resources

FMCPT Photo Gallery: Prairie Grass Trail Ride - 2015

FMCPT press release: Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride

FMCPT Photo Gallery: Prairie Grass Trail Ride - 2016

Columbus Dispatch article: Beautiful prairies provide link to Ohio's colorful past

Madison Press article: Friends to host clean-up day for trail

FMCPT press release: Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride

Madison Soil and Water Conservation District Facebook Post: Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride

Madison Press article: Annual Prairie Appreciation Bike Ride July 29

Madison Messenger article: Join experts on prairie appreciation bike ride

Columbus Dispatch article: Stroll through Battelle Darby honors man who built prairie


Click here to view an excellent collection of photos of remnant prairie species in our region, including instructions for a systematic way to identify plants you encounter. (Courtesy of John E. Silvius, Professor of Biology, Cedarville University)