Tennessee’s largest state park, South Cumberland State Park, consumes nearly 31,000 acres of deeply-forested, rugged and breathtaking landscape; defined by the environmentally-unique escarpments and canyons of the Cumberland Plateau. Located between Nashville and Chattanooga, the park contains a dozen major waterfalls and nearly 100 miles of wilderness hiking trails. Also found in the large state park, is the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.
Spanning across 430 acres of what used to be a rock quarry in northwest Ames, Iowa is now Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The park was named after local botanist, Ada Hayden. It is comprised of 5 miles of hiking trails, two lakes, scenic overlooks and much more.
By the year 2020, over 100 National Park Service style historical exhibits will be installed throughout Perry County. The Perry County Bicentennial Committee decided to begin the project several years ago, for the anniversary of Perry County’s legal establishment. Numerous interpretive panels have already been designed, manufactured, and installed through the county. Over 25 exhibits will be placed at Bicentennial Plaza, at the Lynn Sheaffer Dum Memorial Park.
Organized in 2007, the Cass River Greenway initiative has a goal to boost recreational opportunities and promote environmental well-being of the Cass River Corridor in Frankenmuth, Michigan. In the decade since its inception, the Cass River Greenway has worked with municipalities to provide public access points and increase awareness of the river. As part of the change, volunteers have worked with Pannier to produce Fiberglass Embedded (FE) panels and upright triangular exhibit bases to better orient and educate locals and tourists alike.
Due to its geographical location, Alabama is an attractive location for bird watchers to visit. The state is a haven for many resident birds found only in the Southeastern U.S., plus serves as a significant flyway for birds traveling from South and Central America all the way to the Arctic Circle. The Alabama Birding Trails project covers nearly 300 locations across the state that have been deemed premier birding sites by seasoned birders and naturalists. One of the cornerstones of the project is interpretive panels at locations statewide. To date, Pannier has manufactured nearly 30 outdoor exhibits with future plans for additional waysides.
For nearly a decade, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) and Pannier have partnered together to better the recreational experience of Minnesotans and travelers alike by way of outdoor signage. Most recently, the Division of Forestry worked with Pannier to produce 14 boot scrusher stations with interpretive panels as part of the”PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks” campaign.
For over 15 years, Lorain County Metro Parks has been working with Pannier to manufacture outdoor panels and wayside exhibit frames for various locations in the County. Most recently LCMP worked with Pannier to fabricate interpretive signs and frames for their Raptor Center.
For the past nine years, volunteers have been working on the Tanglewood Park Boardwalk project. Located in south Anchorage, Alaska this 1,400-foot boardwalk sits on a 41-acre wetlands park adjacent to Bowman Elementary School and the surrounding residential neighborhood.
On May 4th, Marshall Township Parks and Recreation had their ribbon cutting ceremony for the improvements on the Brush Creek Trail.
The 1.3 mile trail will provide residents of Cranberry Township, Marshall Township and business employees of the RIDC Industrial Park a safe place to walk. This project connects Cranberry Township (Butler County) with Marshall Township (Allegheny County). Heather Cuyler, Program Director for Marshall Township, said the improvements took five years to complete at a cost of approximately $400,000.
Founded in 1984, Colorado Preservation, Inc. promotes historic preservation to the state of Colorado by providing advocacy, education, outreach and preservation services to communities and individuals. Currently they are working on 11 preservation service projects. Pannier has had the opportunity to work with them on two this past year.