LEEDSTOWN, Va. (AP) — Volunteers headed to a battered nature preserve on the Rappahannock River to restore trails and a marshland bridge that were damaged by hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
The volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power and the Student Conservation Organization spent all day Tuesday at the Voorhees Natural Preserve on the northeast side of the Rappahannock.
The storms destroyed many of the preserve's trails and made impassable a 300-foot-long bridge that spans tidal marshes. The 729 acres 45 minutes east of Fredericksburg is home to bald eagles and many other species.
Over the past year, The Conservancy sought volunteers and resources to repair the damage to the four miles of hiking trails and bridge making them safe for visitors. The preserve is scheduled to re-open this spring.
The Nature Conservancy: www.nature.org