An expanded hike and bike trail along a section of Spring Creek along the border of Harris and Montgomery Counties is decades in the making, thanks to nature preservation efforts and coordination between the two counties. Currently the only path is a 12-mile concrete trail along the Harris County side of the creek, but thanks to decades of property acquisition and a $100,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife grant, the $200,000 expansion of the trails along both sides of the creek will begin in January. More from Cindy Horswell of the Houston Chronicle:
Over several decades, county officials and a conservation group have partnered to acquire property on both sides of the creek to keep it wild and free of development. Now the Spring Creek Greenway is one of the longest urban, forested greenways in the country.
In the 1980s, then-Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay realized growth was headed toward the greenway when nothing was out there. He moved to protect it by making the first acquisition on Spring Creek, as well as adding the Jesse Jones Nature Center on the greenway in Humble. Every Precinct 4 commissioner elected since then has worked to expand the greenway.
But Harris County officials soon realized that the public would not continue to enjoy this greenway if only the Harris County side was preserved in a natural state. So in 2002, then-Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner Ed Chance and the current officer holder, James Noack, joined the push to realize this vision.
[C]ome Jan. 1, exploring this natural wonder could become easier. Crews of trained volunteers armed with heavy-duty clippers, shovels and GPS devices will begin marking and developing another 11-mile stretch of trail, at the western end of the creek and on the Montgomery County side. It will follow the waterway starting close to Interstate 45 and head west, ending at the George Mitchell Nature Preserve in The Woodlands.
“Houston has a lot of concrete, no doubt, and a big spaghetti bowl of freeway. But many don’t realize that they have this amazing piece of nature in their backyard, too,” said Jennifer Lorenz, the Bayou Conservancy’s executive director. She predicts it will take two years to complete.
Full story: More trails coming to greenway dividing Montgomery, Harris counties
Source: The Houston Chronicle, December 14, 2014
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