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Boy Scout troop assists in Marrs Park Earth Day project

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By Rachel Christian

Visitors will soon see a beautiful, blooming addition to Marrs Community Park, thanks to a special Earth Day project carried out by local Boy Scouts.

The rainy Saturday morning workday helped the young men earn their conservation badges, and in return, they helped plant 12 varieties of wildflowers in a special one-acre section of the park.

“They were a hard working group,” said Marrs Township Trustee Christina Seifert. “We were happy to have them lend a hand.”

The new flowers were planted in an effort to conserve a unique area inside Marrs Park.
Seifert contacted the Posey County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in the fall to discuss drainage issues on the property.

Drainage solutions are still being researched, but the visit did lead to an interesting discovery.

While investigating the site, Carrie Parmenter, a SWCD Technician, identified an acre of native grass on park property. Seifert was unaware of the native grass area, and the two women were unable to find any records on when the grass was planted.

“I thought it was an interesting section, and something I thought was worth preserving,” Seifert said.
A state biologist helped design a management strategy for the plot that included wildflower recommendations to attract pollinators like bees and Monarch butterflies.

Volunteers maintain Marrs Park, so Parmenter looked to Boy Scout troop members when it came time for planting.
“All of my boys have been involved with the organization, so it made sense to reach out to them,” she said.

Since the flowers are newly planted, Parmenter said visitors would have to wait until next year to see the “full beauty” of the plot. The perennials, which include Comb Flowers and Black Eyed Susans, were chosen because they bloom at different times throughout the year, creating visual diversity that can be enjoyed year round by both visitors and wildlife.