Discovering Erie County Trails Through Forty-Eight, Cut-To-Shape, Fiberglass Embedded Panels

Home to 12 public parks and 30 miles of trails, Erie MetroParks provide opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy and appreciate the public land in Erie County, Ohio.

Located in Osborn MetroPark is the Erie MetroParks Discovery Trail. The Discovery Trail is a first-of-its-kind, mile-long trail system featuring five play pods. These interactive pods are made up of larger-than-life play structures that mimic local wildlife and plant life.

As a conservation park district, Erie MetroParks ensures that natural resources are cared for by educating the public on the importance and unique qualities of the natural world around them. This makes the signage for the Discovery Trail just as important as the trail and play pods themselves. To carry out this mission of conservation, Erie MetroParks staff called on Pannier to bring their educational, interpretive, and wayfinding signs to life.

Protecting Water Quality through Interpretive Signs

In 2015, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) began working with Chippewa County to provide green infrastructure improvements for Sherman Park Beach, located along the St. Mary’s River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The beach had been experiencing periodic closures due to elevated levels of E.coli from storm water runoff.

ECT designed a stormwater “Best Management Practices” for Chippewa County, which included the installation of rain gardens, sidewalk infiltration grates, and native plantings, along with redirecting a storm drain to discharge outside of the jetties, and soil stabilization. In addition, a beach nourishment plan was prepared to raise the profile of the beach, restore the sand dunes and help infiltrate runoff.

As part of the project, ECT’s Senior Administrative Coordinator Chris O’Meara designed seven interpretive panels to display educational information. O’Meara’s designs were manufactured as Fiberglass Embedded panels. Four were installed into Pannier Traditional T exhibit bases, while one became part of a Triangular Kiosk.

Galveston Bay Foundation

This past summer, Pannier Graphics worked with the Galveston Bay Foundation to design and manufacture signage for their Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve, just east of Houston, Texas.

The Turtle Bay Nature Preserve consists of 514 acres of protected wetland, prairie and forested habitats along Turtle Bayou and Lake Anahuac. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, viewing wildlife at one of three wildlife view platforms or kayaking on Turtle Bayou. The Preserve is owned by Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District, and Galveston Bay Foundation holds a conservation easement on the property to protect the land.

Carson Water Subconservancy District

Invasive Species are plant and animal species that are not native to a particular area. Typically, invasive species have a negative impact on that area’s environment, health, and/or economy. They pose very real threats.  Unfortunately, it is no different for the Carson River Watershed. The Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) works to help coordinate identification and treatment of invasive species on a watershed-wide basis.  The CWSD is an agency made up of portions from six counties – one in California and five in Nevada. Their goal is to establish a balance between the needs of the communities within the Carson River Watershed and the function of the river system.