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Don Troike to Be Honored at Lytle Creek Day

Biology Prof to Be Recognized for Dedication to Trails, Conservation and Stewardship of Natural Lands

September 29, 2011

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators will honor Wilmington College’s Don Troike for his long-time dedication to trails, conservation and stewardship of natural lands Saturday (Oct. 1) at the sixth annual Lytle Creek Day.

Troike, professor of biology, has been a member of the College’s biology faculty since 1977. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Capital University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

His service to local organizations promoting out-of-doors, quality of life issues is long and varied.
He joined Clinton Rails to Trails Coalition (now Clinton County Trails Coalition) in 1998 and became its secretary/treasurer in 2001. Troike served as liaison between the College and CRTC for the planning of a route through College lands for the 4C Bicentennial Trail.

Also, Troike was one of dozens of volunteers who helped build three bridges on the recreational trails over Lytle Creek. He organized and directed the Go Bananas! 5K race at the Banana Split Festival from 1999 to 2009 as a fundraiser for CRTC. That venture raised about $5,000 over that time.

In addition, he has organized and directed many other community races over the years that supported other organizations. Two of these races were the dedication race for the 4C Bicentennial Trail and the dedication of the Lytle Creek Greenway.

Troike organized the judging at the annual District Science Day held at Wilmington College for the last five years, and been a judge at local science fairs.

Of special interest has been the College’s arboretum.

In 2009, he became Director of the Hazard Arboretum with the retirement of its longtime director, Fred Anliot.

“We are beginning planning for the arboretum’s 50th anniversary in 2014. With the help of a former student, we are updating the campus tree map and will have a map of the significant trees in the arboretum for visitors to use,” he said.

“We are also exploring a mechanism to raise funds to support the care and development of the arboretum, since it currently has no direct campus budget support, though the College physical plant does a wonderful job mowing and removing fallen limbs.

“My goal is to make the arboretum, which is a hidden gem in the community, more visible.”