Area residents are invited to attend two free and open to the public meetings March 3 and 4 at Natural Bridge to learn more about the proposed Lewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail project.
The first of the two free public workshops, Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, will be in the Conference Center at Natural Bridge. It will be conducted by the Eastern Legacy Trail project staff of the National Park Service and will focus on possible Lewis and Clark trail routes with citizen engagement in reviewing NPS research and discussing proposed routes. Other topics to be explored include natural, ecological and historic resources available along the routes which will compliment and add to the consumer’s overall trail experience. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Southern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia.
The second Lewis & Clark public event will be held in conjunction with the annual membership meeting of the Southern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia. On Sunday, March 4 from 2pm to 4 pm, also in the Conference Center at Natural Bridge, a special presentation will be given by National Park Service personnel on the status of the proposed Lewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail to date. They will provide a national overview, and if approved by U.S. Congress, what the potential benefits to and responsibilities of localities participating on the trail might be, drawing examples from the earlier westward Lewis & Clark expedition trail.
In addition to the two public meetings, National Park Service personnel are scheduled for a Saturday afternoon visit to Botetourt County to view documented sites and structures to which Lewis and Clark visited during the covered time period. Site visits are also scheduled for Augusta and Rockbridge counties the week of March 5. Visits to the three counties are the first of many such visits scheduled by the National Park Service to communities along the route from south of Fincastle north to Washington, D. C. thought to have been traveled by Clark in 1809 when he visited then U.S President, Thomas Jefferson.