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Public access request submitted for Virginia nature preserve

Published On: Dec 23 2013 06:19:07 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2013 10:46:10 AM CST
STAFFORD, Va. -

A state agency is working to provide public access to a nature preserve in Stafford County.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has asked the Virginia Marine Commission for a permit to install a boardwalk and three observation decks at Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.

The conservation department also is seeking permission to install a floating dock with a canoe launch along Accokeek Creek.

Mike Lott with the Division of Natural Heritage tells The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1bZwksp) that the agency hopes to open the preserve by the end of 2014.

The conservation department acquired the 2,872-acre property in 2009.

Lott says volunteers have been building and refurbishing trails on the property.