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Touch of Nature receives $200k grant to help build a bike trail

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MAKANDA, Ill. -- SIU's Touch of Nature is getting $200,000 in state funding for a new bike path. It's part of a $1.5 million grant to help 11 Illinois communities with recreational trail projects.

Workers at Touch of Nature say they started the bike trail project last October. They believe the grant money will help them work on certain areas much faster. 

JD Tanner, director at Touch of Nature, believes the grant money is seed money which will cover about six miles of the trail. Tanner said the total length of the bike trail is set for 30 miles. 

"We would probably be the first designated trail for mountain bikers in Southern Illinois," said Tanner. 

Once the professional build is complete, Tanner hopes this addition will bring in more people throughout southern Illinois. 

Isaiah Tanner, a trail builder, worked on this project for over a year and said they can use more help on building the trail.

"Hopefully we keep adding more passionate people, students, community members onto this project in different creative ways," said Tanner.

The next trail building day will from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Anyone interested in attending should register online here.

For more information on becoming a volunteer in building the bike trail, contact Isaiah Tanner at  

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