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CATS trail project set in Essex

Champlain Area Trails

Champlain Area Trails

— Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is developing a new hiking/skiing trail that would be an important link in a trail that could connect Essex and Willsboro. CATS will host the project to create the tentatively-titled “Flatwoods Trail” on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“This trail will feature forests and wetlands on the relatively level uplands between Essex and Willsboro,” said Chris Maron, executive director of CATS. “A trail connecting the two hamlets is a future possibility so we will create it now as a stand-alone trail where people can walk through a forest and field, then pass a beautiful little pond to get to the flatwoods. It will make an interesting loop through the woods as it takes people by a little rock outcrop and along a secluded wetland.”

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 hikers can enjoy hiking the trail.

“The Flatwoods Trail will be on private property CATS recently conserved through a donated conservation easement that protects farmland, forest, and clean water,” said Katharine Preston, the CATS board chair. “We thank Dick and Leanna DeNeale for allowing CATS to have this trail. Most land in the Champlain Valley is privately owned so CATS makes agreements with landowners to create and maintain our trails.”

The Flatwoods Trail Project begins at 12:30 p.m. and will last until about 4:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet in Essex at the Ferry Parking Lot. 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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