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      Stafford County nature preserve getting a boardwalk and three observation decks

      STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A state agency is working to provide public access to a nature preserve in Stafford County.

      The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has asked the Virginia Marine Commission for a permit to install a boardwalk and three observation decks at Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.

      The conservation department also is seeking permission to install a floating dock with a canoe launch along Accokeek Creek.

      Mike Lott with the Division of Natural Heritage tells The Free Lance-Star that the agency hopes to open the preserve by the end of 2014.

      The conservation department acquired the 2,872-acre property in 2009.

      Lott says volunteers have been building and refurbishing trails on the property.