WATR Builders 1: Jack Gruber
WATR volunteers have helped in a variety of ways over the past few years:
- creek cleanups, botanical expertise,
- invasives removal, office help,
- trail maintenance, and other tasks.
A big WATRshed THANK YOU for all their help.
In the next few blogs, I would like to single out the folks who built stuff on behalf of WATR programs, mostly for the our Discovery Trails at Monteith Farmstead Park.
Dr. Jack Gruber built our first large sign at the Trails. It is the introductory sign located at the start of the South Trail – the short interpretive path that tells us the essential environmental benefits of a natural buffer area along the edges of beautiful mountain streams.
Jack is an accomplished carpenter, and he arrived at the park with a trailer full of equipment to get the job done and done right. His set up would make most of us basement tool junkies green with envy.
Jack lives with his longtime Charlene Luciani on Sugar Loaf Creek. This is the creek that flooded with a heavy sediment load when the hastily built irrigation dam next to the gold course at Balsam Preserve failed. They live just below the Preserve, and the dam break and torrent of water ripped up vegetation along Jack and Charlene’s section of creek, but their neighbors living downstream where the creek bed levels out were left with a real boat load of sediment.
Dr. Jack is a retired MD with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology. He taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, for over 30 years. A big WATRshed THANK YOU goes to Jack and his carpentry skills. RBC
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