Allamakee County Conservation Board acquires Celia Sander-Garrett Green-Belt ...

The Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) has announced the donation of 25 acres of land from the Francis Garrett family to  Allamakee County in memory of his late wife, Celia Sander-Garrett.

The property is located on the west side of Lansing and has Clear Creek running the length of the property. Clear Creek is a trout stream which holds both Brown and Rainbow trout. The property contains a high quality wetland which provides a location to view various species  of waterfowl and migratory birds.

Future development plans for the property include applying for a Fish Habitat Grant to complete stream bank stabilization and trout habitat improvements. Habitat improvements will include the placement of trout hides and other in-stream habitat improvements. The stream will be surveyed prior to the habitat improvements and again a few seasons after the work has been completed. Goals for completing the stream bank and habitat improvements will hopefully result in increased natural trout reproduction.

With the donation of this property, the public will have access to hiking trails, bird watching and fishing access. The property will also be used in cooperation with local school districts for conducting environmental education programs.

Members of the Garrett family and the Allamakee County Conservation Board gathered Tuesday, June 2 at the Celia-Sander Garrett Green-Belt. Pictured above from left to right are Amy Garrett, Matt Garrett, Skylar Garrett, Marsha Kurth, Francis Garrett and Gail Meyer, along with Allamakee County Conservation Board members Steve Weymiller, Dennis Koenig, Jesse Delaney, Jarrod Olson, Marilyn Clark and James Janett. Submitted photo.

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