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Tom’s Run Preserve
May 3 - May 9
This project will expand hiking trails within a public access area of mature hardwood forest in the 325-acre Tom’s Run Preserve (TRP), a conserved natural area owned and managed by West Virginia Land Trust. Located on the outskirts of Morgantown, the state’s most rapidly growing metropolitan area, the preserve hosts over 2 miles of wooded hiking trails, and offers tremendous potential as a public greenspace for non-motorized outdoor recreation. Trails in Tom’s Run Preserve wind through a sloping wooded area and are built on a mostly soil base. Some areas have rocks which may need moved or used to build berms, waterbars, or other trail features. There may be some underbrush and fallen branches to be cleared during construction. The trail work for the project was designed by Rick Landenberger – WV Land Trust’s Science and Land Management Specialist, and a research assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University – who will provide oversight and assistance for the trail crew. Trail building in 2020 will expand into the TRP Backwoods area, specifically extending the Elizabeth’s Woods trails with the the Saddle Loop, and Backwoods Connector Trail.