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Glacial Trail Scenic Byway meeting to be held at Prairie Heritage Center

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Scenic Byway - The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway is a 36-mile loop that touches the four corners of Cherokee, Clay, Buena Vista and O'Brien counties. It begins southeast of Sutherland near the intersection of Iowa Highway 10 and County Road M-12. Photo contributed
The Old O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway is now the Glacial Trail Scenic Byway. The State designated scenic by-way has been part of the northwest Iowa area since 1999, but most people know nothing about it.

The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway is a 36-mile loop that takes in the four corners of Clay, Buena Vista, Cherokee and O'Brien Counties, and is located in the Little Sioux River Valley, which includes some of the most scenic areas in Iowa.

The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway is one of eight state-designated scenic by-ways across Iowa that have received new life thanks to a partnership between the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) organizations across the state.

In northwest Iowa, the Iowa Lakes RC&D is working with a local steering committee to make our by-way more visible and inviting to visitors from both near and far.

The scenic byway includes the communities of Linn Grove, Peterson, and Sutherland. The Prairie Heritage Nature Center sits in a perfect location to act as either a destination or as a visitor's center to provide more information about the byway and the sites located along it.

The assistance from the Iowa DOT and Iowa Lakes RC&D provides a great opportunity for both new and existing businesses to attract notice by becoming part of the promotional campaign for the scenic byway.

To better inform area residents and businesses about the scenic byway project, the steering committee is hosting a meeting, including a light meal, at the Prairie Heritage Center on Sept 23 at 5:30 p.m.

The state-wide by-way program will be discussed at the meeting,as will how the local Glacial Trail Scenic Byway fits into the state initiative.

According to Sheriffa Jones, Glacial Trail Scenic Byway Coordinator, "We will be trying to identify other stakeholders in the area who have an interest in the by-way, and would like to assist in a small way, or perhaps in a more involved way."

Everyone is invited,even if you are just curious and want to know more about the project. The byway project is a great opportunity to highlight the area and all its beautiful scenery, history, and recreational opportunities.

To reach the Prairie Heritage Center, travel three miles west of Peterson (or four miles east of Sutherland) on Highway 10, turn north one-half mile on Yellow Avenue, and follow the Conservation Board sign.

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