The floods of February 2018 and the Pumpkinvine

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Elkhart County experience record floods from the Elkhart River and other bodies of water in February, but the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail excaped major damage. Between County Road 35 and County Road 37 there is a low spot that was covered for a distance of over 150 feet, but in a few days, that water receded. That’s at least the second …

A printed newsletter

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Every time a new physically printed Friends of the Pumpkinvine newsletter comes out, I ask myself if printing a hard copy of a newsletter is still a good idea? It is expensive to design, print and mail, and I see that other trail groups send out electronic newsletters. I know of only one other trail in Indiana that prints a …

Soft trail section

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

From January to April, the crushed-limestone section of the PV from SR 4 to CR 28 is soft and as a result, becomes quite rutted from the bikes that ride the trail. Riding on it when it is this moist put a coat of dust on your bike frame, chain, derailleur, wheels, and usually your legs as well. And the …

A serendipitous discovery saved the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

rcarrico Trail Notes

Land ownership disputes dominated development of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in early stages of the project. Settlements with neighbors sometimes involved trading parts of the railroad corridor for strips of land around the perimeters of farm fields. Friends hired Blake Doriot to conduct an especially difficult land survey of the railroad corridor between County Roads 127 and 26 in Elkhart …

Poets on the Pumpkinvine

ebeck Pumpkinvine News

We are pleased to announce the three winners of the first annual Pumpkinvine Poetry Contest, which concluded January 31, 2018 First prize: Four tickets for the annual dinner or Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. Awe By Matthew Lind Each day it waits, patiently. I know it’s there And even that Fills me with anticipation. It is a place where freedom lies And …

Wildflower Bike Ride and/or Hike on the Pumpkinvine Nature trail

jjsmith Pumpkinvine Events

Sponsored by Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society (INPAWS) – North Chapter Saturday afternoonApril 21, 2018 Open to INPAWS members & the public The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail replaces most of an abandoned railroad from Goshen to Shipshewana, about 16 miles. The section of the trail around mile 4.5 has a nice wildflower display from mid-April to mid-May. On April 21, …

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail effect

jdyoder From the President

I’ve lost track of the number of community meetings I’ve attended where the speakers praised trails like the Pumpkinvine as an important element in improving the quality of life in a community, along with good schools, meaningful jobs and a strong business community. One such meeting was at the Lerner Theatre several years ago when the president of the Community …

Birds love greenways like the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

jjsmith Naturalist's Corner

National Geographic magazine (along with the national Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) is celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Bird, because 2018 is “the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed” (National Geographic website). In its January issue, National Geographic includes articles with many …

Why is there a masonry wall along the trail in Middlebury?

rcarrico Trail Notes

Why is there a masonry wall along the trail in Middlebury?   This story is about a decision made in 1888 that influenced the design of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail over 120 years later. Edson and Mary Foster owned a farm immediately south of what is currently Sunrise Drive in Middlebury. In 1888 the Fosters granted a warranty deed to …