Friends of the Eleven Point River donate for area projects

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Friends of the Eleven Point River donated funds to the Forest Service on Tuesday, May 25 for projects at Greer Mill and Turner’s Mill.

On Tuesday, May 25, Friends of the Eleven Point River donated $6,500 to the Forest Service for work at the historical Greer Mill site. The funds will be used to establish a Greer Mill trail and interpretation signs for the area.

The trail will be built from the Greer Mill Spring Trail parking lot, through the old homestead, to the mill.

“That money is going toward the construction of the trail, interpretation signs and a couple of benches,” said Brian Sloss, President of Friends of the Eleven Point River.

The trail will be approximately one-quarter of a mile. Construction of the project will begin after an environmental analysis is completed and approved.

The organization also donated $11,145 to the recreation department of the Forest Service.

This funding will be used to improve camping at Turner’s Mill, as well as gravel work that was finished on Tuesday, May 25 with additional camp equipment to be delivered this summer.

“They are fixing up the campsites at Turner’s Mill south,” said Sloss, stating gravel and chat was brought in for the campsites.

Soon, camp equipment will be purchased, and installed, including picnic tables, fire rings and lantern posts.

If enough funds are leftover, it will be utilized for camp equipment for some of the float camps.

Sloss stated the Turner Mill access has needed some work for a while. The improvements will be beneficial and hopefully help with the overcrowding of campers that often happens at the Whitten Access on weekends.

“We are trying to make some improvements to the river…We have done a lot with the restoration as far as the Greer Mill and we are finishing up. This last donation for the interpretation and trail is probably going to be the last thing we put toward Greer Mill. We are looking to spend funds in a couple of areas and that is why we are doing the recreation thing right now. We will be looking to make another donation to something that benefits the river soon,” said Sloss.

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