2009-06-03 / Community

Wildcat Creek festival is Saturday

Wildflowers at Oxbow Spring wildflowers are found in the wooded section of the Adams Mill Oxbow Natural Area along Wildcat Creek near Cutler. The woods and former field at Oxbow are being developed for natural preservation by the Wildcat Creek Foundation with the help of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. DNR's Nature Preserve Division is especially interested in the many wildflower species at Oxbow. Pictured here are bloodroot flowers. The plant has bright red juice in its roots. Indians had many uses for bloodroot including war paint and cough medicine. Early settlers made a red dye from bloodroot. The public is invited to walk at Oxbow's new perimeter trail around the woods during the Celebrate Wildcat Creek festival at Adams Mill on June 6. Photo provided Wildflowers at Oxbow Spring wildflowers are found in the wooded section of the Adams Mill Oxbow Natural Area along Wildcat Creek near Cutler. The woods and former field at Oxbow are being developed for natural preservation by the Wildcat Creek Foundation with the help of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. DNR's Nature Preserve Division is especially interested in the many wildflower species at Oxbow. Pictured here are bloodroot flowers. The plant has bright red juice in its roots. Indians had many uses for bloodroot including war paint and cough medicine. Early settlers made a red dye from bloodroot. The public is invited to walk at Oxbow's new perimeter trail around the woods during the Celebrate Wildcat Creek festival at Adams Mill on June 6. Photo provided The fifth annual Celebrate Wildcat Creek festival will be held at historic Adams Mill near Cutler from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 6.

The event honors the creek that passes through five counties. The public is invited to join the fun of enjoying the creek in one of its most scenic and historic spots.

Tree clearing along Oxbow trail Volunteers from the Wildcat Guardians and Wildcat Creek Foundation cleared trees recently along the new perimeter trail at the Adams Mill Oxbow Natural Area along Wildcat Creek near Cutler. They are following a plan developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to restore 50 acres of field and woods to a condition resembling the natural presettlement setting of 200 years ago. The plan calls for the removal of invasive, nonnative trees that have made inroads into the woods along the edge of the field. Recently much of the field was planted in a large variety of young native trees. The perimeter trail around the old field will be open to the public for the Celebrate Wildcat Creek festival June 6. Pictured l-r are Bob Hoshaw, Ken Munro, Charlie Skoog, Al Auffart and Alan Flowers. Photo provided Tree clearing along Oxbow trail Volunteers from the Wildcat Guardians and Wildcat Creek Foundation cleared trees recently along the new perimeter trail at the Adams Mill Oxbow Natural Area along Wildcat Creek near Cutler. They are following a plan developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to restore 50 acres of field and woods to a condition resembling the natural presettlement setting of 200 years ago. The plan calls for the removal of invasive, nonnative trees that have made inroads into the woods along the edge of the field. Recently much of the field was planted in a large variety of young native trees. The perimeter trail around the old field will be open to the public for the Celebrate Wildcat Creek festival June 6. Pictured l-r are Bob Hoshaw, Ken Munro, Charlie Skoog, Al Auffart and Alan Flowers. Photo provided The National Trails Day event honors the creek as a wonderful water trail. Free canoe trips along the creek will occur throughout the day. These are carefully supervised by experts from the Wildcat Guardians.

On land, the new perimeter trail of the Adams Mill Oxbow Natural Area will be open for hiking between the mill and the covered bridge. Also, guided nature walks will be conducted.

Event goers will be able to tour Adams Mill. Built in 1845, the old grist mill also served as an electric power plant for the Cutler area for a time during the early part of the 20th century.

Food for purchase will be provided by the Promoting Wildcat Valley organization. Proceeds from these sales go to a fund for a memorial with the old Methodist Church bell to be constructed at Ball Hill Cemetery.

The three sponsoring organizations of the event, Wildcat Creek Foundation, Wildcat Guardians, and Wildcat Creek Watershed Alliance, will share their missions and goals to preserve and protect the creek as well as present ways for citizens to get involved.

Artists will be on site demonstrating their craft. Other local historical and conservation organizations will also have booths to inform the public and celebrate their connection to the creek.

Adams Mill is located one half mile east of Cutler. Cutler is on County Road 500S, just off State Road 75.

For additional information, visit www.wildcatguardians.org. For National Trails Day information: www.americanhiking. org/NTD.aspx.

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