The City of Parkville is pleased to recognize a local Boy Scout for his hard work and dedication in helping to enhance the Parkville Nature Sanctuary through his Eagle Scout project.
James Heckman from Boy Scout Troop 1393 completed his Eagle Scout project by revitalizing the Paw Paw Path which is located behind the Park University track. James, with the help of his troop, removed invasive species – Bush Honeysuckle and English Privet – along the entirety of the trail. James and his father removed a non-native tree that was growing in the center of the trail and mulched and expanded the width of the trail. James’ efforts to practice conservation will allow the trail to flourish in the coming years by allowing the native vegetation a chance to thrive without competing for space and resources with invasive species.
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in the Boy Scouts and to earn the Eagle Scout ranking, a Boy Scout must plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization, school or community. Only three to four percent of Boy Scout members ever attain the prestigious honor.
Parkville Nature Sanctuary Director Kristen Bontrager said, “James’ project not only improved our trail system, but it will also provide a greater wildlife habitat and food source. Removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants will greatly improve the water quality of our surrounding streams by filtering out potential harmful chemicals from runoff from nearby neighborhoods, streets and facilities.”
Mayor Nan Johnston said, “The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a 115-acre natural area with 2.8 miles of trails that is maintained almost entirely by volunteers. With James’ help, we continue to improve the sanctuary. His project will be appreciated for many years to come.”
For more information about the Eagle Scout project or to volunteer, contact Nature Sanctuary Director Kristen Bontrager at (816) 741-7676.