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Conservancy will protect rare plant during trail project

June 24, 2018

MONKTON, Vt. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy in Vermont says it will ensure a rare flower is protected while builders renovate a hiking trail in the town of Monkton.

Conservancy critical lands manager Lynn McNamara tells WCAX-TV the new walkway will be built away from the winged loosestrife in the Raven Ridge Natural Area. The flower, long thought to be extinct in Vermont, was discovered by a botanist in Monkton last year.

McNamara says the conservancy has flagged the area near the loosestrife and talked to trail builders about identifying the rare flowers.

The state says a small number of winged loosestrife plants were last observed by a botanist in Middlebury in 1979. It is closely related to purple loosestrife, which is native to Europe and Asia and is invasive in Vermont.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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