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Clean-up planned for nature trail

WILLSBORO The Friends of Big Woods, a volunteer group, is working with The Nature Conservancy to fix up the nature trail through Big Woods Nature Park on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 100-acre natural area, located behind the old Willsboro School, features a high-quality floodplain forest, lush wetlands, a sandplain forest on the uplands and excellent wildlife habitat. Much of the trail is already in place, said Chris Maron, Champlain Valley program director for The Nature Conservancy, so we will improve a few places where the terrain is too steep, put up trail signs, and clear some overgrown areas. Willsboro resident Laura Smith helped form the Friends of Big Woods to assist with management of the natural area. We have over 40 volunteers and welcome anybody who is interested in having a nature park so close to downtown Willsboro. Our efforts will be fun and reduce the costs of managing the preserve. The Friends Group is already a great help, said Maron, plus it fosters a stronger sense of community. Willsboro is fortunate to have a nature park so close to the hamlet. Studies show that people and businesses want to locate near places like Big Woods. Volunteers for the work project will meet at the Willsboro Boat Launch, at the north end of School Street. The hours will be 9:30-1. Anyone participating should contact Chris Maron at 576-2082.

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