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The Salisbury Garden Club, in conjunction with Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Department, has completed a Tree ID Trail at Robious Landing Park which will be a tremendous resource for visitors, students, scouts and summer camp participants.
The approximate 0.5-mile trail uses sections of existing trails and identifies 27 trees. Labels attached to the trees identify the tree and provide some natural history information. Park visitors, with a smart phone or other mobile device that has a QR-code app, can download the trail map and additional tree information. The QR-code can be found on the Tree ID Trail Map that is located on the main park kiosk, and on the Parks and Recreation website.
The garden club also enlisted the help of the James River High School Envirothon Club and Girl Scout Troop 938.
New Trails Constructed at Radcliffe Conservation Area
Members of the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists recently teamed with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation to construct nearly 6,600 feet of new trail within the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area, 21501 Chesdin Road. The trail traverses a variety of terrain including marshlands, swamp, and forested uplands while providing beautiful views of a sprawling wetland bordering the Appomattox River. Beavers, deer, and waterfowl are prevalent in the area. The Department of Parks and Recreation plans to add additional boardwalks and bridges over some of the streams and other low lying ground along the trail in the coming months.
During a series of public input meetings held last year, Chesterfield County solicited input on future parks and other recreational facilities and the type of amenities the citizens of Chesterfield County wanted to see in their parks. Access to more trails was a consistent theme heard at all of the public meetings. The construction of this new section of trail at the Radcliffe Conservation Area is a first step in responding to that demand. The Department of Parks and Recreation plans to continue opening new sections of trail and adding additional recreation facilities to satisfy the desires expressed in the public input meetings.
Located just below the Brasfield Dam and Appomattox River Water Authority, the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area, which consists of 87 acres of woodlands and swampland along the Appomattox River, provides a unique recreational experience to the recreating public. The property includes the Appomattox River Canoe Launch which provides a parking area and boat slide for small non-powered craft.