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Outdoors

  • Trail Run with a Ranger: The Point Trail, Dec. 8

        The Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a trail run on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. (EST). Runners of all levels are welcome to join Ranger Rick Ryan for a run that loops around the Lilly Bluff area and enters the back side of the Point Trail heading to Lilly Arch before returning via the Point Trail for a round-trip total of 5.5 miles. If you like to run with others and enjoy trail running in a woodland setting, then this run is for you.

  • December Programs at Frozen Head

    Dec. 16 9 a.m. - Heart Rate Hike - Meet Ranger Ross at Shelter C to start a fast paced 3-mile hike up South Old Mac and down Judge Branch. Wear proper clothing and footwear as this will be a brisk hike.

  • Christmas Parade is tonight

        The WECO Wartburg Christmas Parade “A Magical Musical Christmas” will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. You may sign up to enter the day of the parade from 4-5 p.m. All fees for the parade must be paid before or on the day of the parade before 5:30 p.m. Line up for the parade entries will begin at 5 p.m. in the Wartburg Central High School parking lot. The parade starts at 6 p.m. After the parade concludes the winners of each category will be announced at First Baptist Church in Wartburg.

     

  • Outdoor Tip

        Prepare Your Car for Winter - Besides checking the weather, it’s important to have a mechanic check the condition of the following vehicle systems before heading out on the road:

    • Ignition
    • Brakes
    • Wiring
    • Hoses and fan belts
    • Spark plugs
    • Air, fuel and emissions filters, and PCV valve
    • Distributor
    • Battery
    • Tire wear and air pressure
    • Antifreeze level and freeze line
       
  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Hazard trees

        Large trees are a great asset in a home landscape, providing shade, beauty, and added property value. Well cared for yard trees are normally healthy and will provide these benefits for decades, perhaps a century. But trees with health issues can be potentially dangerous These are classified as Hazard Trees that pose a threat of dropping large limbs or falling over on people or property. Poor tree health can be caused by landowner neglect, insect or disease attacks, old age, and wind or ice storms.

  • December Programs at Frozen Head

    Dec. 1 All Day! - Pelts, Tracks and Skulls - Join Ranger Ross at the Visitor’s Center to learn about the wildlife of Frozen Head. See if you can identify an animal pelt by feel alone.
     

  • Winter plants brighten spaces

        Spring and summer have the colorful blooms and rich greenery that make the great outdoors so lush and inviting. Autumn is awash in vibrant colors that beckon people outdoors to explore. But winter has a poor reputation with regard to natural beauty.  While it’s true that many plants and wildlife retreat into hibernation come the colder temperatures, some choose the wintertime to bloom. Other plants and shrubs continue to hold on to their leaves and color despite the cold.

  • Outdoor Tip

    What to Do When Winter Has You in its Icy Grip

        Cold weather can be dangerous for anyone who enjoys outdoor winter sports, and people who work outdoors during winter must be particularly mindful of the risks.
        Before venturing outside in winter, be sure to:

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Deer hunting weather

        In order to survive, animals have instinctive reactions to the weather, migrating birds being just one example. By knowing how game animals react in differing weather conditions can up a hunter’s chances of a successful kill.

  • Morgan County Soil Conservation District gets new flag pole