Date: 9/29/17 12:44 pm
From: Hojnacki, Katlyn <katlyn_hojnacki...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR Closes Marsh Loop Portion of Hellcat Trail
Hello MassBirders,

I wanted to pass along the press release that we just put out today, as it
will impact many of you. Due to safety concerns, refuge management has
decided to close the portion of the Hellcat Trail that loops through North
Pool. Please send all inquiries regarding this to Refuge Manager Bill


For Immediate Release

Date: September 29, 2017

Contact: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

Phone: (978) 465-5753; On the Web:

Refuge Closes Portion of Hellcat Boardwalk

Officials at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have decided to
permanently close a section of the popular Hellcat boardwalk.
Specifically, and effectively immediately, the Marsh Loop will no longer be
open to public access, due to the deteriorated condition of the boardwalk
structure itself. The remainder of the 1.5 mile boardwalk, including the
Dune Loop, will remain open.

Beginning in the early 1970s, the Hellcat interpretive boardwalk was
constructed, over a number of successive summers, by Youth Conservation
Corps workers. After 40+ years of weathering and active use, the boardwalk
is showing its age. The good news is that the refuge is working with the
Friends of Parker River NWR, Inc. to secure the funding required to replace
the aging boardwalk.

Refuge staff is aware of the popularity of the Hellcat boardwalk and
greatly appreciates the cooperation of refuge visitors regarding this
closure. As a partial offset to the closure, a new trail, providing access
to the tip of Stage Island, was recently opened.


Kaytee Hojnacki
USFWS- Parker River NWR
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465-5753 ext. 202

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