The Nature Conservancy celebrates National Trails Day at Sussex County Preserve

The Nature Conservancy
Saturday, 5 June 2004

The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey is teaming with conservation-minded volunteers in the community to celebrate National Trails Day at its Muckshaw Ponds Preserve located in Sussex County. On Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers and Conservancy staff will participate in a workday at the preserve to construct a hiking trail and conduct spring cleaning of an existing trail. National Trails Day, held the first Saturday in June, celebrates trails and peoples' connections to them through events designed to raise public awareness of our fragile trail system.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with the landscape and contribute valuable time and work on our preserves," says Mike Van Clef, Director of Science and Stewardship for the Skylands Program. Tools, equipment and water will be provided. Please bring sun block and a bag lunch.

Muckshaw Ponds Preserve spans more than 400 acres of limestone forests, agricultural fields and wetlands in Sussex County. A number of rare plant and animal species find their home there including barred owls—which depend on relatively intact expanses of forests.

For directions, registration and further information on this special event or other Conservancy programs, please call the Skylands Program Office at 973-300-0311.

For more information, or to contact The Nature Conservancy, see their website at: www.nature.org

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