That’s a wrap folks

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I’ve spent the last two weeks of my internship frantically trying to wrap up my different projects (with this blog post being the last of them).  I finished up my management plan which clocked in at 27 pages, made a new home page for the website (check it out at pumpkinvine.org)  emailed approximately 5 billion people, and got bit by …

Two weeks left?

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The summer is wrapping up as GCS begins the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday, and with it so wraps up my summer internship. There are only two weeks left and yet it feels like there is so much left to do! I still have to make significant edits to my long term management plan before submitting it to the different …

Midsummer Progress Report

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So what have I been up to this summer? I’ve been working on creating a management plan to help improve the quality of the nature bordering the trail. This entails sitting on my computer for hours creating maps of the different regions along the trail that have the best chance of not being overrun by invasive species (specifically -1, 4.5, …

On Poison Ivy and Culverts

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Poison ivy and culverts have nothing in common except that I had to deal with both in the last two weeks. I’ll answer your first question right away: a culvert is a structure used for crossings generally under 12 feet instead of constructing a bridge. In practice a culvert basically looks like a huge pipe that allows running water to …

Interning Along the Pumpkinvine

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Hey Pumpkinvine Blog! My name is Isabela Torres, and I am interning with the Friends of the Pumpkinvine this summer. I was raised in Goshen and graduated from GHS in 2015. I’ve been attending Amherst College in Massachusetts where I’ve majored in Environmental Studies. I’m excited to get to learn about the ecology of Northern Indiana and the opportunity to …

Friends of the Pumpkinvine Receive Construction Grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County

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The Community Foundation of Elkhart County recently awarded a $250,000 grant for trail construction in the “gap”Roads 20 and 35. Friends own 0.43 mile of the former Pumpkin Vine Railroad corridor in this section (solid green line on the map); however, they need 600 feet of additional land (dashed green line on the map) to reach County Road 35 where …