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Tobits Trace at St. Raphael Episcopal Church

Tobit’s Trace is a green space behind St. Raphael Episcopal Church that is in transition from an overgrown, neglected field to a natural stream conservation area including educational and contemplative spaces for the community. 

The stream that runs through the area is part of the Wolf Run watershed. Like many streams near populated areas, it became ecologically out of balance. Runoff from the St. Raphael parking lot and other factors had tipped the balance against native plants and wildlife and the health of the stream. This affected not only the area around the stream on the St. Raphael property, but also areas downstream and in small but real ways, the whole community and ultimately our planet.

St. Raphael Episcopal Church received two grants from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government/Wastewater Reserve to take on these issues. The project is also tied into the larger overall Friends of Wolfe Run Watershed grant endeavor for 2018.

The first phase of the project will clear out invasive plant material like honeysuckle and poison hemlock, replant native flowering, fruit and nut bearing trees, shrubs, and plant materials, and improve the management of runoff to restore the stream bed. In addition, a walking trail through the area will create a community space for several different educational and meditative experiences.

Physical trail markers will correspond to web-based content organized into tracks. Ecology tracks will be available for both middle-grades through adult and for younger children. A meditation track and an interfaith care of creation track are planned. 

The project is progressing according to plan. The tentative opening date for the trail is April 30, 2019.

Caps for Benches

Please help us in collecting caps for benches that will be placed throughout Tobit’s Trace. More information on Tobit’s Trace will follow in a few weeks.

You can bring us your caps or we’ll come get them. To coordinate setup of collection and pickup of caps contact Nancy Christiano at 502-641-5431 or nancy.christiano@gmail.com

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