God has commissioned us to “tend and protect” His good creation (Genesis 2:15). Project Eden has learned the hard way that our restoration projects need protection. On the Grace 146th Street north campus, several of our newly-planted trees have been killed or damaged and much of our wetland bio-swale has been harmed. Therefore, this month we installed three sections of fencing and No Trespassing signs that should help protect the new trees and bio-swale from damaging jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, mountain bikes, horses, agricultural activity, etc.
Hopefully, the new fence and No Trespassing sign in the NW corner by the Kingsley street will keep vehicles from coming into the north campus. As part of Project Eden’s work to re-connect people with creation and restore broken ecosystems, we are educating our neighbors about the importance of restoring and protecting native ecosystems. We have talked with a few neighbors about what we are doing, and received their support. We also intend to do a mailing to homes in the two neighborhoods next to the Grace north campus to help our neighbors learn what we are doing. Eventually, we will create walking trails in the area to give people the opportunity to engage with creation and learn more about native ecosystems of central Indiana.