Local Conservation Area Closes For Boardwalk Repairs
Thursday February 5th, 2015
Posted at 1:00pm
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Kopegaron Woods Conservation Area is closed for construction as staff works to rebuild the boardwalk.
“Our team will be replacing approximately 200 feet of the boardwalk this winter to ensure it is safe and accessible for our visitors,” explains Kevin Money, Director of Conservation Services for the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA). “This will enhance the visitor experience and is intended to be complete before spring birding season.”
The boardwalk trail at this 19 hectare Carolinian woodland has been described as one of the most beautiful forest trails in the region. “You’ll see Tulip-tree, Sassafras, Black Gum, Sycamore and Flowering Dogwood trees, as well as wildflowers such as Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, May Apple, Spring Beauty and Columbine, to mention just a few,” Money adds.
Kopegaron is renowned for its spring wildflowers, and is a great place for photographers to hone their skills in the brilliant sea of colour that lines the trails. Money notes the team will work vigilantly to complete the project and reopen Kopegaron in the early spring. “This conservation area is visited by many residents and tourists, particularly in May, and used for ERCA’s education program. Migrating spring warblers can be often be spotted resting before continuing their flight north.”