Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission Selects May 21st Picnic and Preserve Opening for Corridor Citizen Award

Fort Wayne local Ron James will receive the Corridor Citizen Award on May 21st at the preserve opening and picnic to be held at The Forks in Huntington, IN. Previous recipients include National River Hero Bernie Dahl and legislators who have dedicated notable legislative efforts to the Wabash, Indiana's state river.

Fort Wayne, IN, May 14, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Commission announces Wabash River Heritage Corridor Citizen Award.

The Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission will honor Ron James, a Fort Wayne area attorney, for his efforts along the Wabash River, at the upcoming May 21 Picnic and Open House introducing the Little River Landing Nature Preserve in Huntington County. The event, the first of its kind, will bring together four groups, the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission, the Little River Wetlands Project , ACRES Land Trust, and the Historic Forks of the Wabash, to co-host the Open House on Saturday, May 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Visitor’s Center just west of the junction of US 24 and SR9 in Huntington. This free event will introduce the Little River Landing nature preserve and showcase the Forks’ newly expanded Visitor’s Center to the community.

Ron James, a long standing member of both the Little River Wetland and ACRES groups, spent fourteen years helping the Corridor Commission, five as its executive director. During that time, the Commission was able to distribute nearly 350,000 information brochures, create and distribute an hour-long PBS documentary about the Wabash, plan and install the longest water trail east of the Mississippi, and provide nearly $8 million toward building the Corridor, including obtaining an ongoing dedicated funding source for capital improvements along this major water corridor for the foreseeable future. Past honorees include Professor Bernie Dahl of Purdue, Senator Tom Weatherwax, and Representative Dale Grubb.

The event on the 21st will include a history of the Wabash and Little River confluence preserve and guests will have opportunities to learn more about the nonprofits and agencies that have worked together to maintain the preserve’s protection. The public will be treated to refreshments and an afternoon picnic, will be able to walk along the river to view the 53-acre Little River Landing preserve, and will have access to the Forks’ pioneer and settler areas, complete with period-dressed enactors bringing history to life.

For directions to the Center, visit www.historicforks.org.

Contact: John Gettinger, President

Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission

7100 Gettinger Road

Merom, IN 47861

Telephone: 812-356-4433 home
812-554-0026 cell

E-mail: jjgettinger@msn.com

Website: http://www.in.gov/wrhcc/index.htm

Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission
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