Beginning, the glade section of the Long Trail at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will be closed temporarily to replace old wooden decking with recycled plastic boards. This is the last part of the trail improvement project that began two years ago. This portion of the Long Trail will close daily - from the Long Bridge to the Fox Bluff loop. The trail will open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when the regional crew will not be working. The project is expected to take two weeks to finish.
The regional team members doing the trail work have been busy working at other Conservation Areas on flood damage this winter, so this is their first opportunity to finish this project.
We apologize for any inconvenience. The end result will be worth the wait. The recycled boards will last much longer than the wooden boards and do not require annual waterproofing treatment, so they're better for the environment.
Stop by the nature center for updates or call 417/888-4237.