Hancock County is home to the Sugar Creek Water Shed and home to a great selection of wildlife. The United States Geological Survey has identified 31 species of fish in Sugar Creek. Fish is the basic diet of American Bald Eagles living in this water shed. I have also seen river otter, crane, owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, and a variety of hawks. The Sugar Creek Water Shed covers about one half of Hancock County and includes all the land and water draining into
the creek. The Pennsy Trails in Hancock County will travel through the middle of this water shed. We have an
opportunity to protect this valuable resource.
Protect Wildlife, Plants & Trees
- 31 species of fish identified by USGS.gov
- Mallard Ducks, river otters. salamanders, frogs
- Oak, Maple, American Beech, American Elm
- Basswood, Sycamore, Shagbark Hickory, evergreens
- Flowering dogwood, Pawpaw, Spicebush
- Spring beauties, Trillium, MayApples, Jack in Pulpit
- Wood Nettle, White snakeroot, Solomon’s Seal
- Ferns, grasses, sedges, woody vines
- Wild ginger, milkweed, violets, Jacob’s ladder
Provide education for the Sugar Creek Watershed
- Water ﬂows through and covers one half of the county
- Watersheds protects wildlife, trees, and plants
- Clear water in water sheds protects property values
- Reduce soil erosion that can lead to poor water quality
- Watershed is at risk with growth of the county population
Pennsy Trail Watershed 400W Trail Project
- Provide educational signs about the watershed
- Plant trees, shrubs, plants and wildﬂowers along this section
- Arrange education and playground materials
- Use equipment to control invasive honeysuckle
- Develop a water source for trail users
- Write letters to diﬀerent organizations
- Organize a trail event
- Assist with trail surveys
- Provide community service
This will provide volunteer and leadership opportunities for students, scout troops, churches, business and work groups. This project is being supported by The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Soil and Water District, Indiana Native Plant and Wildlflower Society (INPAWS), Master Gardener and Master Naturalist groups.
The vision is to provide a natural play area and education for kids and adults. Businesses can support this effort by sponsoring this project. Sponsors will fund trail sections for the educational material, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, trail signs, and educational displays. Contact us at [email protected].
Mary Ann Wietbrock is a resident of New Palestine, Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, President of Pennsy Trails of Hancock County, Community Wildlife Habitat organizer, and Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve Land Steward. She was a member of the Sugar Creek Water Shed group in 2008.
Interested student and scout volunteers should write a letter to the Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc to include name, contact information, age and grade level, school or scout troop, and interest in how this project may help your future career or education. Thank you for your consideration in support of the Pennsy Trails of Hancock County.