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Parts Of Beanblossom Bottoms Remain Closed As Cleanup Continues

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Clean up continues on Beanblossom Bottoms boardwalk after storms knocked trees down. (Tyler Lake, WTIU/WFIU News)

Portions of Sycamore Land Trust’s new boardwalk at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve remain closed because of extensive damage from severe weather last month.

A storm that passed through Monroe County knocked down dozens of trees, and some landed on the new boardwalk. Sycamore Land Trust had just reopened the preserve in May after spending more than a year replacing and modernizing parts of the popular trail.

Sycamore Land Trust Communications Director Abby Henkel says it was hard on the crew and volunteers who built the boardwalk to see parts of it torn up so soon.

“We thought we were done with the work here for a while, your work is never done in conservation obviously, you are always stewarding the land, we didn’t think we’d be out here with chainsaws," Henkel says.

Volunteers are still cutting their way through fallen trees laying across the boardwalk.

Henkel says a lot of people have reached out wanting to help with the cleanup. For now, though, she says it’s only safe for a small skilled team to use chainsaws to clear the site.

Henkel says the best way for anyone who is concerned to help, is to learn how to become a member of Sycamore Land Trust.

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