On Tuesday, April 17, starting at 6:30 pm, members of the West Georgia Chapter of GNPS will hold the grand opening of the Meadow Entrance to the Buffalo Creek Trail as part of their 10th anniversary as an organization. The trail is part of the larger, 40-acre Buffalo Creek Outdoor Education Center, created by the Forestry Service and now entrusted to the West Georgia Chapter by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners for a term of 99 years. Invited guests include city and country government officials, master gardeners, numerous local garden clubs, civic groups, and local funding organizations. GNPS board members and some long-time key GNPS friends of the project have also been invited.
Buffalo Creek is probably the largest of the GNPS restoration sites. The Meadow Entrance was once an overgrown, often impassable link to a sewer line. Restoration workers have removed invasives and added a kiosk, bike rack, boardwalk, pollinator garden, split rail fencing, and birdhouses. Soon a rain/bog garden will go in around the boardwalk. This area links the Buffalo Creek Trail to the Carrollton GreenBelt, an 18 mile walking/bilking trail the circles Carrollton. It’s similar to the Atlanta Beltline, but it runs through both public and private lands. If you cannot make this event, try to find another time to visit! Follow the project on it’s own restoration site page.