New Trail Markers on the Bois d’arc Trail

On a wet and cool Saturday, Boy Scout Lee Cooper from Boy Scout Troup 125 and six fellow scouts worked under Lee’s direction to install over three miles of trail markers every 1/8 of a mile in Rochester Park on the new Bois d’arc Trail. The installation took place in the steady rain and under the watchful eye of Lee’s father, Dr. Daniel Cooper, Greg Turner, and Bill Warren, the other father’s supervising at the event.

This project represents an important milestone for the trail system of the Trinity River Corridor Project because these markers are the first installation of this type for Rochester Park. The 60” flexible markers installed to a depth of 20” will lead hikers through a forest trail past Green Ash, Pecan, Post Oak, Bur Elm and Bois d’arc trees. The trees range in size from modest saplings to trophy trees that are decades old.

Lee put together an impressive program for the trail marker project and presented it to the Boy Scouts of America in February 2009. He received approval of the project in late March 2009 and began the work to line up all the materials, the installation team, and to schedule the work day.

A kiosk has been ordered for the trailhead by the Trinity River Corridor Project. Lee will return to help with the installation of the kiosk and to install the remaining one mile of trail markers.

“I’m proud to help work toward the completion of the Trinity River Corridor Project by selecting this project. Also, Rochester Park offers Dallas unseen beauty and I hope this new marked trail will give more people a chance to experience it,” said Boy Scout Lee Cooper. “I’m impressed with the Bois d’arc trees along this woodland trail and that is why I named the trail after them.”

The installation team consisted of fellow Scouts Ben Collins and Huntington Biggers from Troop 82, and Ford Yates, Ben Warren, Adam Roosein and Will Turner from Troup 125. Everyone worked hard and long hours in the rain to make this project a success for future visitors to the trail.

Big Hearted Volunteers Plant Wetland Cell G

At the end of May 2009, 44 volunteers from Bank of America, Groundwork Dallas and interested citizens spent a beautiful sunny morning planting aquatic vegetation at the site of the former Sleepy Hollow Golf Course which is now named Wetland Cell G. This area is located off I-45 South and Loop 12 East.

The volunteers and interested individuals joined experts from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center which operates the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility (LAERF) in Lewisville, Texas and leadership from Groundwork Dallas to plant more than 400 individual plants such as Arrowhead, Arrow Arum, Softstem Bulrush, and American Bulrush.