Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk at Big Bend NP Reopens

Monday, December 20 2010 22:26   Other NPs

Destroyed during storms that ravaged the area in September 2008, the new Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk at Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas along the Rio Grande River bordering Mexico has been reopened.

Superintendent William Wellman formally dedicated the new boardwalk across the beaver pond on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

bibe_boardwalk2Park maintenance crews recently completed the construction of the new replacement boardwalk, thereby reopening the trail to the public. The first section of this boardwalk was completed with American Recovery and Reinvestment and Act funds and the remainder was completed with Federal Lands Recreational Enhancement Act funding.

After the flood many roads, facilities, trails, and other park resources needed immediate restoration, cleaning, and repair.

The boardwalk was a larger long-term project that has now been completed and improved from the former boardwalk. It includes three floating docks, anchors which will allow it to rise with future flood waters, and benches for wildlife and bird viewing.

The new boardwalk also restores access to the nature trail beyond the pond. The boardwalk is made from sustainable materials that should provide for a long life cycle.

During the dedication ceremony members of the park's maintenance and resource management crews were recognized for their efforts and thanked for their contribution in helping complete the project.

"We are very pleased to be able to provide the new boardwalk and benches for visitors to enjoy and to provide the best access to the nature trail and riparian habitats of the beaver pond," said Wellman. "We invite you to stop by to help us celebrate the opening of the new boardwalk."

Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres in southwest Texas. For more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the international boundary between Mexico and the United States; Big Bend National Park administers approximately one-quarter of that boundary.

Within the 118 twisting miles that also define the park's southern boundary, the river's southeasterly flow changes abruptly to the northeast and forms the "big bend" of the Rio Grande.

Big Bend National Park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States.

Few areas exceed the park's value for the protection and study of geologic and paleontologic resources. Cretaceous and Tertiary fossil organisms exist in variety and abundance.

Archeologists have discovered artifacts estimated to be 9,000 years old, and historic buildings and landscapes offer graphic illustration of life along the international border at the turn of the century.

For more information about visiting Big Bend National Park, visit the Web site at .


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