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The Nature Conservancy reopens many of its natural areas in Vermont

Apr 15 2020, 1:47 PM

The Nature Conservancy will reopen its 58 natural area network with the exception of five natural areas, the organization announced Wednesday. The Conservancy asks that visitors abide by Gov. Phil Scott’s guidelines for safe outdoor recreation, including staying close to home, observing social distancing while outdoors, avoiding risky outdoor activities and respecting posted signs. 

“We ask that visitors do not travel to visit our natural areas unless they live within a ten-mile radius and continue to follow our existing visitor use guidelines. As a reminder, dogs are not allowed at TNC preserves,” said Lynn McNamara, the director of stewardship.

Five of The Nature Conservancy’s natural areas trails will remain closed to visitors because social distancing guidelines cannot be safely followed or there are existing safety or maintenance issues that cannot be addressed until stewardship staff can return to the field. These include Eshqua Bog in Hartland, LaPlatte River Marsh in Shelburne, North Pawlet Hills/Haystack Mountain in Pawlet, Raven Ridge in Monkton and Williams Woods in Charlotte. 

 The Conservancy staff is continually monitoring this unprecedented Covid-19 crisis and will make any adjustments as needed. They encourage people to follow their social media channels for updates on the status of natural area openings or closures. 

— Sarah Asch