State Works to Open Preserve in Stafford Co.

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    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 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.