Davidson citizens are invited to the Sterling Martin Trail Dedication on Saturday, August 18 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the beginning of the trail, located at Lake Davidson Nature Preserve behind Davidson Day School at 750 Jetton St.
The Davidson Lands Conservancy’s World of Wonder (WOW) families will gather at 9:30 a.m. for a nature outing that includes posting tree signs along the trail.
Sterling Martin was selected as the trail’s namesake because he has been a vital part of its creation. He helped to design it, prepare it, and supervise the volunteers who joined with him in clearing it. Martin also provided the trail amenities by personally constructing the entrance kiosk, 14 benches, two canoe/kayak racks, and interpretive signs. He helped install these amenities, as well as the gazebo on the site. In addition, Martin worked with several local scouts to construct and install the 4 additional canoe/kayak racks in the Preserve. REI provided much of the funding for the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve.
Martin has been an integral part of both protecting natural land and providing active recreational opportunities in Davidson. He has been active in the Davidson Lands Conservancy since 2002 as a board member, as president from 2007-2009, and currently as a member of their Land Initiatives Committee. Martin has been equally invaluable to the Town of Davidson, serving over 20 years on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and was selected as the Chair of the newly-created Livability Board in January 2012.
The Town of Davidson’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains the entire Lake Davidson Nature Preserve. Citizens can canoe and kayak in the lake, and paddle to the center to visit small islands which are all designated wildlife sanctuaries, perfect for exploration.
“We are so proud and pleased to partner with the Davidson Lands Conservancy to honor Sterling Martin in this way,” said Davidson Parks and Recreation Manager Kathryn Spatz. “He is held in such high regard by his peers and staff – we are so lucky to have him lead our Livability Board.”