Rock River Trail’s Farnham wins Protector Award

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The Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) Council members are proud to announce RRTI’s coordinator, Greg Farnham, was honored to receive the 2013 Protector Award in the individual category from Wisconsin’s Rock River Coalition May 16.

The award’s citation referenced “… your invaluable contributions to the protection of the Rock River, in particular for your work as the coordinator of the Rock River Trail Initiative.

We were excited to hear that the trail has been designated a National Water Trail and that the legislation to designate a Rock River scenic and historic route has been advancing through the state process.”

Farnham said, “This is recognition of our work as the Rock River Trail Initiative Council, and I gladly share this recognition and honor with the council.”

The awards ceremony was held at Korth Park, a lovely Jefferson County park on the west shore of Rock Lake near the City of Lake Mills, Wis. The outflow of Rock Lake is to Rock Creek, a tributary of the Crawfish River, itself a tributary of the Rock River.

Farnham noted: “I brought two of our signs and the National Park Service National Water Trail sign to share with the audience. Holding two of the signs (in photo) is our fellow council member, Jim Kerler, executive director of the Rock River Coalition. The woman holding the National Water Trail sign is Marsha Vomastic, a local artist. Marsha painted the owl on the turkey feather that is part of the award plaque I am holding.”

Farnham also pointed out: “Our former council member, Joleen Stinson, was at the ceremony. She’s doing well in her new position as parks manager with the Village of DeForest and remains a board member of the Rock River Coalition.”

Frank Schier, founder and coordinator of the RRTI, sent the following message to Farnham and all RRTI council members: “My hearty congratulations, Greg! You certainly deserve it, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Well done, and well deserved. With many thanks, Frank.”

From the May 22-28, 2013, issue

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