JUNCTION WORKS CAMPAIGN
$222,000 left to raise
Ohio’s most intact earthwork complex that had remained unprotected.
100 acres of native woodlands.
1.25 mi. river corridor on Paint Creek.
Outstanding aquatic diversity.
State and federally endangered animal species.
A dramatic auction. Last March the Arc of Appalachia, along with our coalition partners, launched Saving Junction Earthworks—the largest, riskiest, and most complicated endeavor ever attempted in our 19 year history; and without a doubt, the least likely to succeed. But thanks to the overwhelming enthusiasm of the general public, the media’s fortuitous spotlighting of the campaign, and the tight collaboration of a handful of tireless nonprofits; we had the strength and courage to stand at the auction block on the evening of March 18, 2014. There we placed the winning bids on three tracts of land, securing the earthworks, 100 acres of woodlands, and 1¼ miles of Paint Creek’s forested corridor—193 acres in all.
Far from done. It was an explosive start to our campaign, but far from its conclusion. Our aim is none other than to create a nature preserve and Native American legacy park on the banks of Ohio’s most historic and beautiful river, Paint Creek; on the outskirts of its most historic town and first state capital, Chillicothe. More funds are still needed to make this dream come true.
Chaparral Prairie Expansion. Alongside the Junction project is a second much smaller land acquisition project that we are working on: the purchase of 60 acres next to Chaparral Prairie State Nature Preserve, which would nearly double the size of the protected rare prairie ecosystem.
Financial Goals for a New Preserve & Native American Legacy Park in Chillicothe. Our total $1.8 million project budget, largely for Junction, includes line items for land acquisition; land stewardship and restoration; visitor parking and hiking trails, and an Junction endowment fund to sustain operations. The latter is especially critical. Since the operational costs for the preserve are completely without governmental support, opening the preserve’s doors to the public requires a modest but reliable source of operating funds. Although we are now on the home stretch of the campaign, we cannot rest. The final leg of the journey, as everyone who has ever run a race knows, is the most challenging of all, and still represents 35% of the funds needed from general public. We urgently need your support for Junction Works, and we urge you to spread the word.
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A magnetic survey shows the perfect, intact foundations of the Junction Group. Photo courtesy Jarrod Burks.