June 27, 2014

Students build new trail in Port Kent

PORT KENT — There’s a new trail at Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Port Kent, built by AuSable Valley High School students in the district’s New Horizons Program.

New Horizons is an alternative education program that lets students who may be behind in school get extra help to meet state education standards for both ninth and 10th grade in one year.

The trail built by the students, about a mile long, can be used by the public for hiking, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, viewing wildlife and other outdoor pursuits.

Last year, New Horizons students built a new bridge in Wickham Marsh over a stream in an area flooded by beavers.

This year, State Department of Environmental Conservation biologist John O’Connor and wildlife technician Sharon Tabor made presentations to the students, describing the functions of a DEC wildlife management area and showing them different wildlife habitats (there are 17 in Wickham Marsh).

The students also saw a human-made osprey nesting platform and duck boxes.

O’Connor explained the duties of DEC biologists in maintaining these important habitats.

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