A winter woodland in Landfall supporting several dozen plant species along with songbirds, turtles, and amphibians. Note the storm-wrought debris that needs to be removed and mulched to reduce fire risk and create walkable trail surfaces.
In recent years, our nature trails, within Landfall especially, have suffered from storm damage that accompany hurricanes. Several of the larger parcels include walking trails improved with mulch to create a raised and smooth surface. Most of these parcels include wetland areas that retain stormwater and in rainy periods some trail sections are saturated or covered with shallow water. We recognize this is an impediment to casual walking and this past year we entered in a joint effort with Landfall maintenance to add small wooden bridges across the wetland areas.
To ensure compliance with our easement restrictions, we met with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACoE) and they are receptive to this method of improving the trails. Proposed sketches of strategic bridges will be submitted for approval once we secure the proper funding. In addition to the bridges, we are exploring ways to efficiently clear woody storm debris, that is both unsightly and unsafe, and grind that material into mulch to place on accessible foot trails.