8/20/2014 12:01:00 AM Overlook platforms completed on trails
Little Traverse Conservancy is announcing the completion of two new overlook platforms along the North Western State Trail just northeast of Petoskey. Oacne platform is found along Round Lake at the corner of the Fochtman Nature Preserve and the second platform lies just off the trail where it follows the boundary of the Art & Sally Hailand Nature Preserve.
"These platforms were designed to enhance the experiences of people who are enjoying the recently-paved section of this trail," explained Kieran Fleming, the Conservancy's director of land protection and stewardship. "With both physical and financial support from numerous individuals, both platforms were completed just last week."
Fleming noted that all the labor for the Fochtman platform was donated by Evening Star Joinery, resulting in a beautiful finished product. He also mentioned that a grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation helped fund the platform materials as well as an interpretive sign. An additional sign noting the impacts that Horace "Huffy" Huffman had on establishing three local conservation organizations was funded by Ric and Lisa Loyd.
A few miles to the north, the platform adjacent to the Hailand Preserve offers a bike rack and invites trail users to follow the boardwalk into the preserve. From there, a trail travels through the preserve and onto the adjacent Helstrom Family Nature Preserve. Many volunteers helped with this boardwalk and platform construction including local Eagle Scout candidate Zach Hunt, who coordinated the purchase of supplies and - along with troop members - donated many hours of labor to the project.
"We're pleased to have these projects completed while there are still many months of good trail weather to be enjoyed," Fleming added.