Volunteer event with Saratoga P.L.A.N.

We were so happy to join Saratoga P.L.A.N. (preserving land and nature) this past weekend at the Coldbrook Preserve for a volunteer trail clean-up and maintenance event. This preserve, located off Route 29 in Saratoga, is a wonderful place for walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Opened in 2013, the 64-acre Coldbrook Preserve has close to two miles of marked trails through wetlands and towering pines along the Wilton/Northumberland border. Although it was once farmland, the property has since grown back to forest and features Cold Brook stream for which the Preserve is named.

Healthy Living Market and Cafe volunteers were on-site to collect trash from the trail, remove debris, rake and fill problem spots, cut back brush, and to take a tour of the preserve with a Saratoga P.L.A.N. guide.

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From their website: Saratoga P.L.A.N. is a nonprofit land trust that works to preserve the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. They help landowners conserve their farmland, woodlands and natural habitats. They work to connect people to nature through an extensive trail network and 12 public nature preserves, for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking. Saratoga PLAN helps communities create plans that balance growth with conservation to sustain the Saratoga Region as a great place to live, work, visit and farm.

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There are many beautiful species of plants and animals that call the Coldbrook Preserve home.

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Andrew from Saratoga P.L.A.N. showed us how to identify the different types of leaves that you might find at the Coldbrook Preserve.

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A huge thank you to all of the Healthy Living Market and Cafe volunteers who helped out. We would also like to thank Saratoga P.L.A.N. for hosting us at this wonderful event! We look forward to working with them in the near future! For more information on how you can help Saratoga P.L.A.N. visit their website.