The trail through Cedars Preserve has gotten a lot of used during the past year. Courtesy photo
The trail through Cedars Preserve has gotten a lot of used during the past year. Courtesy photo

Another Monroe County natural area is now closed to the public after a significant increase in people visiting the preserve has adversely affected plants and animals at the site.

The Cedars Preserve, which has a 20-acre stand of eastern red cedars in the southwestern portion of Monroe County, was closed in May by Sycamore Land Trust.

"Visitation has really gone up a lot in the past year, during COVID," said John Lawrence, executive director of the land trust.

The trail through the Cedars Preserve has gotten a lot of use during the past year.

Lawrence said prior to the pandemic, visitation to the 40-acre preserve was increasing, but even more people visited as they searched for ways to recreate in physically distanced ways.

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