Not everyone shared IPP members’ priority of maintaining a natural native landscape. Though the Prairie Path was ultimately successful in its original goal of converting the CA&E right of way into a recreational trail, there were times when their idea of maintenance clashed with that of local governments and utilities. In 1991, Commonwealth Edison announced plans to install high tension power lines along a part of the path in Warrenville. Illinois Prairie Path members organized opposition to this plan, which would have disrupted the natural landscape, and fought for seven years to make Commonwealth Edison change its proposed route. In spite of support from local government, in the end Commonwealth Edison was successful, and Path members had to live with the very changes to the landscape that Watts had founded the Prairie Path to prevent.
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