Saratoga P.L.A.N.’s (PLAN) Woodcock Preserve on Tanner Road in Clifton Park NY has seen a flutter of recent activity. Recent improvements include a new informational kiosk, bluebird boxes, and some bollards, used to help deter motorized vehicle usage on the nature trails which were designed for hiking and cross country skiing only.
Joel DiPersio, an Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 6, Jonesville NY, completed the work in the preserve in September, after months of planning and with the help of his troop. While documenting his Eagle Scout project with photographs, Joel discovered that some of his efforts had been vandalized; a set of the recently installed bollards, as well as an additional set installed by other volunteer trail stewards, had been taken out and removed from the site.
Two replacement sets of bollards were installed by volunteers. The replacement bollards have also been tampered with, leaving the volunteer stewards scratching their heads. One of the vandals and his dog were captured on camera removing the structures and the images have been given over to law enforcement officials.
The Woodcock Preserve is open to the public for passive recreation from dusk until dawn year-round. Trail maps and directions are available at http://www.saratogaplan.org. The Preserve is a hardwood wetlands conserved for American Woodcock habitat and passive recreational trails. There is a main trail covering about a 1.3 mile roundtrip from the new kiosk, with two smaller secondary trails designed by Jackie and Christopher Parker, volunteer preserve stewards for Saratoga PLAN. Boy Scout Troop 45 helped clear the red trail. A member of Troop 45 is planning to create an entry sign for the preserve, trailside benches and duck boxes. The Woodcock Preserve can be reached via Route 146 or Route 146A.
Saratoga P.L.A.N. is a not-for-profit land trust offering comprehensive land conservation services to landowners, developers, organizations, and government partners, while striving to achieve regional coordination and cooperation on land use, conservation and recreational trail planning. It has protected over 3,433 acres of farmland, natural habitats, and water resources in Saratoga County. For more information on land conservation, or directions and trail maps for public preserves, contact Saratoga P.L.A.N. at 518-587-5554 or at www.saratogaplan.org.