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Volume 1, Issue 2

Greenways Connections

Inside this issue: Desoto County Celebrates Family Health and

Fitness Day
Desoto Greenways 2 The Desoto County Board of conjunction with the Hernando Bicycle club. Bo McAninch with
Supervisors sponsored Family the Hernando Bicycle Club said the “Hernando to Arkabutla Lake
Health and Fitness Day on Sat- ride exceeded their normal expectations by including entire fami-
Fall is a Great Time 2 urday, September 25,2010. It lies participating in the event with a focus on family health.” The
to Get Outdoors was conceived in part as a re- Bicycle Ride was also supported by Desoto County Greenways,
sponse to the U.S. Surgeon University of Memphis & Journeymen Racing .
Desoto Visitors 2 General's report on Physical Hernando Girl Scout troop 10702 led by Gia Matheney, Cub Scout
Center Trail Activity and Health. The holi- Pack 741 from Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church along with
day's purpose, with the partici- several volunteers and others took part in an interpretive hike on
Greenways Focus: 3 pation of local organizations,
the recently opened ARK trails just off MS 304 near Hernando.
Arkabutla Lake was to increase good health
awareness and promote family Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation volunteers Val Smith and
involvement in physical activi- Missy Flanagan gave a brief presentation of their work with wild-
Hernando and Horn 4 ty. life rehabilitation and overview of the future nature center.
Lake parks
Austin Family Do- Pat Irby, volunteer with Cub Scout Pack 741 said the event was
nates Land Hernando Bicycle Club “very interesting and I really enjoyed the nature hike.”

Greenways and 7
Family Health

Greenways Master 6 Cub Scout Pack 741 and Girl Scout Troop 10702 on the ARK
plan update

Desoto Greenways Desoto County Greenways

participated in the event by
sponsoring Bike Rides in Olive
Mailing Address: 316 Branch and Hernando along
West Commerce Street, with an interpretive hike on the
Hernando, MS 38632 ARK trails. David Baker,
Fax: 662-489-5195
Phone: 662-489-9708
Greenways volunteer led the
Web Address: Olive Branch ride.
Jeff Shocklee with Hernando’s
Email: Ride for Reading bicycle team hosted a morning mountain
bike ride at Bayou Point Trail
© 2010 Desoto County along with 5 mile family fun
ride and a 25 mile longer ride
for more accomplished riders in

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Welcome to Desoto Greenways Newsletter

Connections! By Larry Jarrett
This issue of Desoto Green- Getting both children and We want to especially thank
ways Connections is focused adults outside can reduce obe- the Desoto County Board of
on family health, fitness and sity and provide family Supervisors and the Desoto
related outdoor activities. friendly recreation in the County Economic Develop-
meantime. ment Council for their contin-
Larry Jarrett In this month’s issue we offer
Desoto Greenways Co- ued support for our Green-
a variety of greenways news Our goal is to initiate creative ways program.
and related articles from thinking and engagement of
around Desoto County as well our readers that will ultimate- We are constantly developing
as article relating to family ly improve our greenways our mailing list and hope you
health and fitness. system here in Desoto County. will join. If you know of some-
one that wants to receive the
Mississippi has the highest We are open to suggestions newsletter or volunteer for
obesity rate in the nation and and comments regarding con- greenways related activities,
although, Desoto County tent and news articles and will
“Do not scores better than the rest of be soliciting greenways relat-
pleas email me at lar- or
the state, we have ample ed articles from others.
follow room for improvement.
join in on the discussion on

where the
Fall is a great time to get outdoors!
path may
lead. Go It’s finally Fall and time to get for every one of all ages and all feel that the fun of the year is
instead, outdoors and a great time to
celebrate outdoor recreation
backgrounds to enjoy the state's
diverse natural resources. Par-
over until Halloween comes
around. However, there are
where there and the role it plays with im-
proving the quality of life in
ticipants can improve their
health while supporting recrea-
numerous activities that can get
the whole family revved up for
is no path Desoto County. Whether bik-
ing, hiking, trail running, camp-
tion opportunities. Fall. Inexpensive crafts and
activities abound throughout
Fall is a season the whole fami-
and leave a ing, swimming, boating, fish-
ing, hunting or simply explor-
ly can enjoy. When the weather
the season that can make the
transition from the warm
turns crisp and leaves begin to
trail.” ing nature, park and recreation
facilities provide opportunities
change colors, many people
weather of summer more excit-

Ralph Waldo
Emerson Desoto County Visitors Center Trail Update

The Desoto County Visitor’s Greenways and the Desoto residents a place to walk,
Center trail construction is County Tourism Association. stretch, picnic or peaceful rest.
complete except for landscap-
The 1/4 mile handicapped ac-
ing and tree planting which is
cessible interpretive trail circles
scheduled for later this fall.
the storm water retention pond
The project is a collaborative on the outer edges of the civic
effort between the Desoto center and will feature native
Visitor’s Center Trail Diagram County Convention and Visi- landscaping. The pet friendly
tor’s Bureau , Desoto County trail will provide visitors and

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Greenways Focus: Arkabutla Lake

Mississippi State University’s residents and visitors generat- and the connection of Green- The Arkabutla Lake Nature and
Natural Resources Enterprises ing over $ 21.4 million in ways with the Public lands Environmental Education Cen-
Program recently published annual visitor spending with around Arkabutla Lake. A few ter trails, which opened this
information on the economic 55% being captured by the of the activities at Arkabutla spring, consists of 2 miles of
impact of outdoor recreation local economy. include: woodland walking trails locat-
in Mississippi. For example, ed 10 miles west of Hernando
Desoto County residents are Hiking – Arkabutla Lake has
the annual economic impact on Highway 304 just west of
fortunate to have diverse
from hunting was $1.2 billion; Fogg Road. Look for signs and
outdoor recreational opportu-
fishing -$690 million; and parking area on the left just
nities readily available with
wildlife watching - $791 mil- public land access with Ark- past Panther Creek.
lion for a total economic im- abutla Lake and surrounding Biking – As a result of the part-
pact of $2.7 billion. This eco- public lands. Whether it’s nership between the Corps of
nomic activity included both hunting, fishing, boating, or Engineers and the Mid-South
private and public lands and just enjoying the outdoors, Trails Association an off-road,
supported over 71,000 jobs. Arkabutla Lake provides a 4.7 miles mountain bicycle trail
Desoto County is fortunate to variety of opportunities for has been established at Bayou
have Arkabutla Lake and the all outdoor enthusiasts to Point.
Coldwater River system that enjoy. Activities and areas
not only provides recreational Disc Golf – A partnership be-
established for recreation tween the Corps of Engineers
and associated health benefits, include: trails for hiking and
but generates an economic and DeSoto county Disc Golf
biking, picnic areas, picnic Coldwater River Nature Club has rendered an 18-hole
impact to the local communi- shelters, ADA parking spaces
ty. The money spent by visi- Trail disc golf course near Pratt
at the boat ramps and recrea- Coldwater River Nature Road below the dam. The Lost
tors to Corps lakes on trip
tion areas, an ADA accessible Indian Spring Disc Golf Course
expenses adds to the local and Trail
fishing pier, 3 swimming is 5,623 feet. Use of the trails
national economies by sup-
beaches including one that is
porting jobs and generating system and disk golf is free.
ADA accessible, ADA acces- four trails for hiking, mountain
income. sible playgrounds, a variety bike riding, or just enjoying The Army Corps of Engineers
of campgrounds. Recreation the outdoors. The North Out- is the steward of the lands and
on the lake provides for some let Channel Recreation Area waters at Corps water resources
of the best fishing in the provides access to the Coldwa- projects. Its Natural Resource
Southeast and some of the ter River Nature Trail System. Management Mission is to
best sailing east of the Mis- This network of trails encom- manage and conserve those
sissippi River. The Arkabutla passes two hiking trails (one natural resources, consistent
lake area has over 30,000 trail is 3 miles in length and with ecosystem management
Arkabutla Lake acres of land open for public the other is 5 miles in length) principles, while providing
hunting. and the Big Oak Nature Trail quality public outdoor recrea-
Visitor spending represents a which is a self-guided interpre- tion experiences to serve the
Desoto County Greenways is needs of present and future
sizable component of the tive trail. The area includes
proud to be partnering with
economy in many communi- pristine bottomland hardwood generations.
the US Army Corp of Engi-
ties around Corps lakes. Ac- neers –Arkabutla Lake to and pine forests where an For more information visit:
cording to the Corps natural promote their outdoor recrea- abundance of wildlife and
and recreational resources at native plant species can be Arkabutla
tional activities –specifically
Arkabutla Lake already pro- with the construction and found throughout.
vide social, economic and
promotion of the Arkabutla
environmental benefits for Nature Center Trails system

Exercise and Better Health Reduced Health

Outdoor Recreation Care Costs

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Hernando and Horn Lake Earn Recognition for

Playful City USA communities Latimer Lakes Park
August 18, 2010 are making a commitment to
play and physical activity by
Hernando and Horn Lake were
developing unique local action
among the 118 cities and towns
plans to increase the quantity
across the country that earned
and quality of play in their
recognition as a “Playful City”,
community. In doing so, some
ensuring children in their com-
of the most innovative ideas
munities are active and
and cost-effective programs are
healthy. This is the first year
being developed in Playful City
Horn Lake has earned this des-
USA communities – proving Lee’s Summit Park
ignation and the third year for
that parks and play are more
We need you! Hernando. Only 30 of the 118
important than ever.
cities received this recognition
Please contact us if you for the third consecutive year.
have any information that
you would like to include in
our newsletter!

Austin Family Donates more Land for Greenways

Austin Land Donation October 1, 2010 Johnson Creek Greenway. Johnson Creek and connects
Brothers Bill and Gerry Austin DeSoto County Greenways with land previously donated
announce a 10-acre donation to Coordinator Larry Jarrett said by the Austin Family just west
the North Mississippi Land the land eventually would be of MS 301 near Austin Rd.
Trust Mississippi to expand the developed as part of the exist- The Johnson Creek Trail runs
Johnson Creek Greenway. This ing Johnson Creek Greenway parallel to and was planned in
was the second donation from that begins at Baldwin Rd and conjunction with utility ease-
the Austin family to the North will eventually end at the Mis- ments obtained by Entergy and
Mississippi Land Trust for the sissippi River. This strip of the DeSoto County Regional
benefit of the Desoto County land begins at the intersection Utility Authority.
Greenways Program and the of Church Road as it crosses
See related article below.

DCRUA Construction along The Johnson Creek Greenway Update

Johnson Creek
The Johnson Creek Greenway been installed at Baldwin Rd and can begin until the sewer line is
project is awaiting the comple- Highway 61 and easements are in completed.
tion of the Desoto County region- place for the first phase of con-
al utility Authority main intercep- struction. The Johnson Creek
tor line construction which is greenway will include interpre-
scheduled for sometime later this tive signage, outdoor environ-
year. We are in the design phase mental and education classroom,
of the parking areas and trails and wildlife viewing area and land-
research is almost complete scaped parking areas including a
documenting the areas historical, constructed wetlands. Plans in-
cultural, ecological and educa- clude planting native grasses for
tional values associated with the wildlife under and around the
property. Signs have already utility easements. No trail work

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Mississippi Gets Second Rails to Trails Project:

The Tanglefoot Trail
ational District guided by the examples of offerings
Three Rivers Planning and along other recreational trails.
Development District made While economic opportunities
its first application in July for the communities along the
2006 and has been working trail as well as our region
diligently since then to pur- abound, the Tanglefoot Trail
chase, develop and construct will provide people of all ages
New Albany, MS - the trail. The Rails-to-Trails Tanglefoot Trail before
with an attractive place to Construction
The Tanglefoot Trail located Conservancy noted in 2007 bike, walk, jog , perhaps par-
in the Mississippi Hills Na- that the Tanglefoot Trail, ticipate in an adjacent trail
tional Heritage area will pre- named after one of the en- ride on horses or simply en-
serve the abandoned railroad gines used in the construction joy being outdoors. The trail- “The Tanglefoot Trail will
corridor assembled for the of the railroad, is poised to heads and a gateway will be provide people of all ages with
Ripley Railroad by Col. W.C. become an impressive rural located in New Albany, an attractive place to bike, walk,
Falkner in 1871. With its sto- Pontotoc and Houston with jog , perhaps participate in an
ried past, the 44.5 mile Whistle Stops in Ecru, Al- adjacent trail ride on horses or
10’wide asphalt trail will goma and Houlka. Rest stops
offer multi-use recreational simply enjoy being outdoors. “
and overlooks along the trail
opportunities as it winds will provide numerous oppor- Betsey Hamilton, Chairman—GM
through six communities, tunities for nature enthusiasts & O Rails to Trails Recreational
forests, fields, pastures, and to enjoy themselves as well. District
wetlands in Union, Pontotoc
and Chickasaw counties in With construction planned to
northeast Mississippi. Bikers, recreational trail with heritage begin in early 2011, hopes are
walkers, and joggers will en- tourism potential. The trail high that the summer and fall
joy the beauty of the trees, the will follow the old rail line as of 2012 will find many enjoy-
meadows, the creeks, the flora well as parts of the Chickasaw ing the Tanglefoot Trail. “You can’t
and the fauna with an occa- trail created as these native “With all that is happening in
sional stop to learn a bit of Americans moved about the regards to heritage tourism in conserve what
history about the area and region and the path of Meri- north Mississippi our three
each of the communities: wether Lewis. The Tanglefoot counties now have a wonder- you haven’t
New Albany, Ecru, Pontotoc, Trail can easily provide ac- ful opportunity to reap eco-
Algoma, Houlka and Hou- cess to the Ingomar Mounds, nomic benefits from a unique got.” ~Marjory
ston. An equestrian trail will a National Heritage Site, lo- rails to trails project and offer
parallel the asphalt trail in cated near the Ingomar com- our citizens and visitors an Stoneman Douglas
appropriate places. munity in Union County. opportunity to enjoy being
The approximately $10 mil- The trail will afford a variety outdoors. While we are excit-
lion rails-to-trails project is of opportunities for people to ed about being able to begin
made possible through Feder- capitalize on the many users construction, we are eagerly
al Transportation Enhance- who will be coming to the awaiting the chance to ride.” 2010 BikeMS
ment funds administered by area from across the country. says Betsey Hamilton, Chair-
the Mississippi Department of Restaurants, cafes, refresh- man, GM & O Rails to Trails
Transportation, partial fund- ment stands, bike shops with Recreational District.
ing from MDOT and a grant rentals, retail outlets, B & Bs,
from Mississippi Wildlife campgrounds, stables, artist’s
Fisheries and Parks. The and craftsmen’s studios or
GM&O Rails to Trails Recre- workshops are just a few of

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Greenways Gets Master Plan Update and Goals

Desoto County Greenways recently met for a strategic planning session to update added throughout the County. Protected lands,
the original Greenways Master plan which was originally developed in 2005. wetlands and existing green space were identi-
The planning session attendees included Desoto Greenways committee members, fied as major hubs along with the associated
North MS Land Trust Board members, Desoto Economic Council members, links which connect the green space that also
County officials and several representatives from the various user groups. can be used for recreation and wildlife corri-
The new plan adds additional proposed bike trails and greenways; identifies City
parks and green space as a result of a County-wide inventory with help of Leader- The plan also identifies future expansion of
ship Desoto. some of the trails to Tunica and Tate Counties.
During the planning session, participants reviewed the Greenways mission, the We welcome any questions or comments on the
Greenways Coordinator’s scope of work, future plans and objectives. future plans for Desoto Greenways and how we
can further make Desoto County a better place
The group also identified goals and marketing ideas in the form of a matrix which
to live.
David Baker, with Fisher and Arnold, authors of the Master Plan provided along
with a new proposed greenways map. See Matrix, on page 8 and Greenways Master
Plan Map below:
In addition to the Coldwater River Blueway, several proposed bike trails were

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Greenways, Family Health and the Nature-Deficit Disorder

Many people realize exercise is only refreshing; but, also a and have been verified in psy-
important for maintaining good reminder of our place in the chological studies. Laura Sea-
health in all stages of life; how- universe. wall, a leading pioneer in the
ever many do not regularly People are naturally drawn to field of Ecopsychology, con-
exercise. The U.S. Surgeon nature and the outdoors. A visit tends that, in a technology driv-
General estimates that 60% of en world, the daily demands on Join the Desoto County Eco-
to the oceans, a park, moun-
American adults are not regu- our lives have caused us to nomic Development Council
tains or just a walk through the
larly active and another 25% forest relaxes us and makes us narrow our field of vision, ef-
are not active at all. In commu- feel good. Experts now tell us fectively numbing of our sens-
nities across the country, peo- that this attraction isn't by es. She argues that, although
ple do not have access to trails, our sensory capacities––taste, 316 West Commerce Street
chance and that we humans
parks, or other recreation areas need to be close to nature on a smell, sight, hearing and touch– Hernando, MS 38632
close to their homes. Trails and regular basis. –are fundamental avenues of
greenways provide a safe, inex- connection between self and
pensive avenue for regular ex- In his recent book, Last Child world, we have become psychi-
ercise for people living in rural, in the Woods: Saving our Chil- cally numb and oblivious to the
urban and suburban areas. dren from Nature-Deficit Dis- natural world around us.
order, Richard Louv links the
The idea of humans as an inte- absence of nature in the lives of We have a growing apprecia-
gral part of nature as it relates today’s children to some of the tion of the values of nature, "The woods were
to physical and mental health is including its intrinsic value
not new. A simple walk in the
disturbing trends, including the my Ritalin. Nature
rise in obesity, attention disor- We can restore our own health
woods, even in a city park, is
refreshing, because that is what
ders, and depression. He con- and the health of the planet by calmed me, focused
tends that direct exposure to conserving green space, build-
we have always done. It is not nature is essential for healthy ing trails and greenways and me, and yet excited
childhood development and the getting both children and adults
Cub Scouts from Pack 741
physical and emotional health outdoors for exercise.
my senses."
of both children and adults. In — Richard Louv
addition, Louv links nature Children on ARK trails
deficit to a loss of creativity (Last Child in the
and a loss for respect for nature
and the living world. Woods: Saving Our
In addition, the beneficial ef- Children from Nature-
fects of natural settings, and
even of looking at pictures of Deficit Disorder)
landscapes, can be measured,

Upcoming Events
“Romp on the River” “Desoto County Economic De- “Southaven’s 2nd Annual 5K “Horn Lake Autumn in the
Saturday October 16, 2010 at velopment Council’s Third Run” Park Fall Festival”
the Tunica River Park, Tunica Quarterly Membership Lunch- Saturday, October 23, 9:00 at October 14-16, 2010
MS eon” Snowden Grove Park in
All Day Event! Friday, October 1, 2010 Southaven, MS
Whispering Woods Hotel and “4th Annual Wolf River Green-
Please email and let
“National Trails Symposium”
Conference Center, Olive way 4-Miler and Family Fun us know about up-
Chattanooga, TN
Branch, MS. Walk.” coming Greenways
October 14-17, 2010 Featuring Keynote Speaker Rao Germantown—Wolf River related events!
Mulpuri, CEO, Soladigm, Inc. Greenway October 16,2010


316 West Commerce Street

Hernando, MS 38632
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Phone: 662-489-9708 The mission of the Desoto ty Mississippi. The Greenways meets regularly and encourages
Fax: 662-489-5195 County Greenways program is system takes advantage of na- you to get involved to make
E-mail: to establish a greenway system ture and its beauty and will Desoto County a better place to
that connects public and private encompass a variety of multi- live now and in the future. Eve-
Experience Nature First Hand open and green spaces with purpose trails and green space ryone is welcome to help so
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County Mississippi while pro- jogging, walking, running,
tecting, restoring and linking equestrian use, canoeing and online to find out how you can
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The Desoto County Greenways program is supported by state
program encompasses scenic and County Elected officials,
pathways, protected green an advisory council plus nu-
space and trails designed to merous public and private
help improve the quality of life Desoto County individuals. The
for the people of Desoto Coun- Greenways advisory committee