MAR-5 Interpretive Trail highlighted in feature

Kyle Knox
Gila River Indian News



On April 17, Parade Magazine highlighted the Community’s Managed Aquifer Recharged Site 5 Interpretive Trail as part of its annual Earth Day feature. The feature portion highlighted one location for every state that is both educational and active.


The MAR-5 Interpretive Trail was only one of two sites throughout the country that was Native-based or within a Native American reservation. The other was on the Sioux Nation’s Standing Rock Reservation in Cannonball, N.D., which established the biggest solar energy farm in their state.


The author of the article, Kathleen McCleary, stated that “in honor of Earth Day, we’re highlighting some of the best Earth Day activities across America. We’re inspired, and we hope you are too!” The article hoped to encourage readers to consider visiting the sites and enjoy what they had to offer in terms of education, ecological, and conservation efforts in the area. 


The article also cited Governor Stephen Roe Lewis’ remarks that “[MAR-5 Interpretive Trail] will be a living tribute to our water rights, our Huhugam [ancestors], and teach our future generations our historic and ongoing ties to the Gila River.”


Parade is printed every Sunday and online at, where it “provides engaging entertainment coverage supplemented with inspiring stories, home and health content designed to make life and community connections more meaningful.” 


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