DeSoto County mountain bike fans have few local riding options, but if the efforts of a local riding group along with the support of DeSoto County Greenways and Parks are successful, that may be changing. The North Mississippi Trail Alliance was formed by a number of DeSoto County mountain bike riders for the express purpose of developing and promoting local riding and running trails.
DeSoto County Greenways & Parks welcomes new Commissioner, Stewart Lott. Stewart was appointed by Supervisor Harvey Lee to represent District 5 on The DeSoto County Recreational District Board of Commissioners.
This widespread plant parasite plays a critical role in the lives of birds and mammals. 11-25-2013 // Roger Di Silvestro
LONG BEFORE IT BECAME AN EXCUSE TO STEAL A KISS, mistletoe became a vital component in forest ecology, thriving on every continent except Antarctica. Nearly 40 of the world’s 1,400 mistletoe species occur in the United States.
All mistletoes grow as parasites on the branches of trees and shrubs, sucking up nutrients and water via roots that extend into the host’s bark. As they mature, they grow into thick, often basketlike masses of branches and stems, sometimes called “witches’ brooms,” that can reach 5 feet wide and weigh 50 pounds.
Recent studies can help homeowners determine which types of trees gobble up greenhouse gases best and where to plant them to maximize energy savings.
By providing the food, water and shelter birds need, homeowners can enjoy some of their best backyard birding during cold months.
11-25-2013 // Melissa Mayntz
ONE OF THE MOST PERVASIVE MISCONCEPTIONS about backyard birding is that hardly any birds hang around in winter. Savvy birders, of course, know that the coldest months can be some of the hottest for backyard action. The key is to know which birds winter in your area and to prepare your yard to meet their needs as temperatures drop.
DeSoto County Greenways & Parks welcomed Girl Scout Troop #10528 for a special fall morning event created just for them. The activities took place at the Arkabutla Lake Rehabilitation & Education Center outside Hernando, MS on a sunny November morning. The girls first took part in a “Hike & Seek”, which created an educational opportunity as the group hiked the 2 mile trail. The girls took pictures of each item on their list and were able to check off all 20! The items listed were things like find a spider web, something fuzzy or something that might float and some things that took a little more thought. At the end of the hike the girls reviewed their pictures that they had taken and discussed among the group what they learned about each item.
The Desoto County Greenways website now has its own QR code!
DeSoto County Greenways & Parks hosted an Interpretive Hike on October 23, 2013. The hike was led by DeSoto County Greenways Director, Larry Jarrett at The Arkabutla Lake Education and Nature Center.
Regional stakeholders develop a vision for connected green space and sustainability
When you hear a barred owl calling “who cooks for you?” in your woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree. When you see the bright red head of a woodpecker as it streaks through the forest, chances are it’s flying from the home it excavated in a hollow snag. When you encounter a fox, field mouse, opossum, raccoon or other woodland mammal, chances are that dead logs, stumps and brush on your forest floor provide the cover these creatures need to survive. And when you turn over a fallen log to find a salamander, you uncover the hidden world that thrives beneath the moist, decaying wood.