GAMBIER — On Friday, the board of directors of the Philander Chase Corp. dedicated a trail and boardwalk on the north portion of the Brown Family Environmental Center trail system to honor Doug Givens for his work in protecting the area.
The newly named Givens Grove features groomed trails, a 300-year-old white oak tree, bald eagles, established trees, new growth and reclaimed wetlands, and is an idyllic, beautiful piece of nature.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Givens of the honor. “About 12 or 15 years ago, I walked this area with a person from the United States Department of Agriculture because of the wetlands area that is here. And I just fell in love with the place at that time. It’s just gorgeous. We’re just a half mile from Kenyon College and you can’t see a single building anywhere. ... I was really quite overwhelmed when the Chase Board decided that they would do the rock and the grove [in my honor].”
Givens served 10 years as managing director of the Philander Chase Corp., which works to preserve and maintain the farmland, open spaces, scenic views and characteristic landscapes surrounding Kenyon College and Gambier.