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February 21, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Feb. 21

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Park volunteer urges support

I am writing to tell your readers about a terrific natural resource in our community, the Falls of the Ohio. The existence of the Falls as a barrier to navigation is a key reason pioneers stopped and Louisville developed as a city.

Just across the Clark Memorial Bridge from where I teach at Jefferson Community & Technical College on the banks of the Ohio River is a state park which is part of the Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area. It is one of the most marvelous natural wonders of our area. During a visit to the park, one can reflect on important American history of our area with its connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as a visit to the George Rogers Clark cabin and the connection to his importance in the American Revolution and our pioneer heritage. One can explore the early Native American history and the significance to our area or explore the geologic past of our region with the spectacular exposures of rock outcrops, learning about the very different life and climate of the distant past. It is one of the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world.

I have been a volunteer at the park for about the past 10 years. Besides the tranquil woodland trails, spectacular river vistas and beautiful natural beauty of the area it is an important educational center for the area’s children. It provides critical hands on support of their discovery of nature and science.

I am asking for support of The Falls of the Ohio Foundation’s Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits. Community support has been amazing and we have two projects to accomplish in 2013 — to raise $900,000 and to convince the Indiana State Legislature to commit $585,000 for structural changes to the building for the exhibits.

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