Indian River Land Trust celebrated Along the Greenway Trail

VERO BEACH — There is something very special about our little slice of paradise, thanks to concerted, dedicated efforts to preserve that uniqueness.  Many of those responsible for maintaining the beauty and integrity of our natural resources and conservation lands gathered Thursday evening at Rock City Gardens for the 2009 Celebration of Land, Water and Wildlife; Along the Greenway Trail.

Guests meandered down pathways illuminated by twinkling lights, encountering whimsically costumed nymphs, butterflies and fairies along the way.  Rock City’s magnificent gardens provided the ideal setting for an event that embraces the protection of our exceptional surroundings.

There was a definite fall nip to the air but that only added another layer of enjoyment to the exquisite setting and delicious food.  And besides, it was the perfect temperature for s’mores around the campfire later in the evening.

The annual event highlighted the importance of the Indian River Lagoon Initiative, preserving environmentally sensitive lands along the entire length the Lagoon in Indian River County.  It also provided an opportunity to celebrate local produce and emphasize locally sourced foods.

Through partnerships with other organizations, the Indian River Land Trust acquires and links conservation lands and provides educational or recreational use of those areas, fostering an appreciation of our natural environment.

A current project is the Lagoon Greenway, which will provide a walking trail along the Lagoon, from the 17th Street Bridge south to McKee Garden. The IRLT is partnering in the project with the Saint John’s Water Management District and the County.

Kathleen Schulke and Anne Smith co-chaired this year’s event, which also paid tribute to the late Carol Ordway Webb, a long time, passionate supporter of the Indian River Land Trust.  The Land, Water and Wildlife Sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck, George E. Warren Corporation and Long Shadows Cattle Company respectively, and the Venue Sponsor was Rock City Gardens. {igallery 89}

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