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CATS to do trail work in Wadhams

Farm and Forest Trail

Farm and Forest Trail

— Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is developing a new hiking/skiing trail that will be an important link in the system of trails connecting Westport to Essex. CATS will host the project to create the “Farm and Forest Trail” on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“This trail will link Wadhams to the Bobcat Trail as it passes through fields and forests and over part of Phinney Hill,” said Chris Maron, Executive Director of CATS. “Our plans are to have it continue into Whallonsburg and be an important part of the trail we’re creating to connect Westport to Essex. This trail will be an important part of the network of trails we’re making here in the Champlain Valley.”

CATS invites people of all ages to come out to clear the trail. Participants will cut tree limbs and saplings, remove fallen logs, and clear brush so people can enjoy hiking on the trail. If volunteers can only stay for just part of the project, that is fine.

“The Farm and Forest Trail will be on private property so we want to thank the landowners for allowing CATS to have this trail,” said Katharine Preston, the CATS board chair. “Because most land in the Champlain Valley is privately owned, CATS makes agreements with landowners so we can create and maintain trails.”

The Farm and Forest Trail Project begins at 12:30 p.m. and will last until about 4:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet in Wadhams at Dogwood Bread Company. Please bring gloves, loppers, and hand saws. CATS will also provide tools. For more details, call 962-2287 or email champlaintrails@gmail.com.

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