Release: Oct. 26, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio — What significance does the Kokosing River hold for the Knox County community? Ecologists and community members will explore the history and health of the state scenic river in a panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Peirce Hall’s Peirce Pub, 201 College-Park Street.
“The Kokosing is a physical, figurative and historical through-line in Knox County,” said David Heithaus, director of Kenyon College's Office of Green Initiatives. “It also is a success story that speaks to how, when a community values something, it can come together to protect and preserve it. There are many different perspectives to view the river, and we hope to explore several of them with our panel.”
During the discussion, titled “Creek of Little Owls: Tying Together Nature and Community,” panel participants will address their personal and professional interest in the Kokosing watershed, the health of the river, and the environmental issues faced by the Kokosing, among other topics.
Panel members include Lori Totman, director of the Knox County Park District; Brian Zimmerman, a fish expert with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR); Heather Doherty, a member of the ODNR Scenic Rivers Program and former manager of the Brown Family Environmental Center; and Ray Heithaus, professor emeritus of environmental science and biology.
This free event is part of the Visits series, initiated by Kenyon’s Rural Life Center, which promotes education, scholarship and public projects about Knox County. The series, supported by the Office for Community Partnerships and the Office of Green Initiatives, facilitates discussions between Kenyon College and the Knox County community about the nature of life in Knox County.