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Leadership Forsyth to helm outdoor tour
Board approves Caney Creek project
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Also at a Wednesday meeting, the parks and recreation committee:

• Agreed to allow the Forsyth County Fire Department to use the Eagles Beak property, a future park, for training of controlled burns. The training will benefit the county in removing excessive grasses or wooded areas.

• Directed staff to move forward in working with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association to explore creation of training sites at county parks for the planned Georgia Trails Management Institute, which will provide education on trail creation and maintenance.

• Considered the names of planned future parks in the northern half of the county, and opted to hear recommendations from the outgoing and incoming district commissioners.

- Alyssa LaRenzie

Members of the current Leadership Forsyth class pitched plans for a project during a Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Committee meeting Wednesday.

The group hopes to create a self-guided educational tour on local watersheds at Caney Creek Preserve in south Forsyth.

The parks committee gave the nod of approval at the meeting and directed county staff to work out the details.

The 33-member class of 2013 is in the early stages of the Leadership Forsyth eight-month program, which seeks to educate and enrich future county leaders.

Before graduating, each class chooses a service project to use their leadership skills “to enhance the community,” said Sara Harrison, a member of the 2013 class.

“We thought people walking might like to know some things that are unique to our community,” Harrison said.

After meeting with county parks staff, the group settled on creation of a trail and interpretive signs at Caney Creek, she said.

The leadership class will work with students in the University of Georgia’s forestry and natural resources school to create the content for the informational signs.

They will provide labor in creating a trail to view the watershed, Harrison said, as well as designing and producing a patch for young people and scouting groups who complete the tour.

Classmate Jason Mock said the project is budgeted at about $13,600, which will be supplied through Leadership Forsyth fundraising, and the group plans to open the project in May.

“It is a benefit for our teachers, students and community to learn about a topic that not many people understand or know about but does affect us,” Mock said. “Water is a No. 1 issue in this area.”