On Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 a.m., the Hamilton County Conservation Board staff will be working in conjunction with Monsanto Company to clear back trees, branches and shrubs away from certain areas along the JewEllsworth Trail. These areas where the vegetation is too close to the trail could impede bike riding and for safety. Work will continue for most of the day and should be completed sometime in the afternoon.

Over 15 workers from the Monsanto Company will be on hand volunteering their time to help with the local cleanup project. Brian Lammers, director for Hamilton County Conservation, said, “This is a good example of a public/private partnership to maintain a great recreational asset to the communities.” Greg Campbell, city mayor for Ellsworth arranged for Monsanto to be able to select this project for their volunteer service.

Other volunteers are welcome to assist on this project that day. Volunteers can meet that day starting at 8 a.m. near Trackside Welding in Jewell. Items to bring are gloves, lopping shears, insect repellent and bottle water. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Lammers at the Hamilton County Conservation Board by calling 515-832-9570.