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Staff from the city's Parks and Recreation Department and Eco Logic, LLC, will continue efforts to control well-established populations of invasive plants along the Bloomington Rail Trail with herbicide treatments Oct. 16-19. The Bloomington Rail Trail will be closed for user safety during the herbicide application.

The affected portion of the trail is between Country Club Drive and Gordon Pike, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

This treatment, specifically targeting purple wintercreeper vines, is a follow-up to the large-scale mechanical removal of woody invasive species in a 9.5-acre area along the trail last March. According to city landscaper Joanna Sparks, the Department is committed to adhering to the protocols set forth in our Integrated Pest Management Plan that minimize the use of chemical pesticides. Managing large-scale infestations of multiple invasive plant species requires different treatment approaches over several years.Once populations are under control, annual monitoring and maintenance are essential to prevent new infestations.

People and pets may safely re-enter the treatment area once the herbicide on the leaves has dried. The trail will be signed for closure during the herbicide application. Staff will be stationed at both the north and south ends of the Rail Trail during the project to redirect trail users and ensure visitor safety.

The trailhead at Country Club Road will also temporarily close during treatment.

For more information about the invasive species removal project, or the temporary closure of the Rail Trail and the trailhead at Country Club Road, contact Joanna Sparks at sparkj@bloomington.in.gov or 812.349.3497.

 

The Bloomington Rail Trail is a two-mile, gravel surface trail that connects with the Clear Creek Trail north just north of the Clear Creek Trail's Church Lane Trailhead.

There are benches and a drinking fountain (seasonal) at Country Club Drive.