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Forsyth County parks teaming up with Master Naturalists
Plans to plant native species around area
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A new partnership with a local environmental group could result in more flowers at Forsyth County Parks.

During a meeting on Wednesday, members of the Forsyth County Parks Board approved 3-0, with members Joe Brown and Todd Holbrook absent, to move forward with a proposal from the Forsyth County Master Naturalists to build a native plant and pollinator garden at the Bethelview trailhead of the Big Creek Greenway.

“The area that struck me as being attractive for this project was the Bethelview trailhead,” Master Naturalist Alan Luebs said. “It seemed a very ideal area for me to get a team together of other Master Naturalists and plant this area with various native plants that support the birds and pollinators and other wildlife in the area.”

The Master Naturalists, a conservation extension group with the University of Georgia, has done several projects in county parks, including bluebird houses, kiosks and tree storyboard signs at trailheads on the greenway.

“It’s kind of an extension of the tree ID project, in the sense that now instead of being worried about the trees along the trail … I wanted to focus on the smaller perennial and natives shrubs in Georgia and presenting them in a way that is appealing to people.”

Luebs said that the work would require doing some cleanup in the area and that the group will either purchase plants or have them donated. No time period was given, though Luebs said he would like work to begin before hot weather arrived.