[VIDEO] Tuesday afternoon, the Capitol Land Trust, CHOICE School and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hilburn Preserve Trail.
The trail is approximately a half mile long and meanders through 9.4 acres of forested riparian buffer and instream habitat located behind Gillis Auto Center. Students in the CAP 21 program at CHOICE recently made improvements to the trail that runs along Goldsborough Creek and includes benches, interpretive signs, and a bridge.
This is just one of numerous partnerships between the Shelton School District and the Capitol Land Trust. Daron Williams, Restoration & Public Access Manager for Capitol Land Trust, spoke during the ceremony.
Also on hand was Shelton Superintendent Dr. Alex Apostle.
Students and officials from the City of Shelton, Capitol Land Trust, and the Chamber cut the ribbon before signing a thank you poster and heading down the trail.
Capitol Land Trust purchased the property from the Hilburn family in 2010. Scott Hilburn told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC he originally planned to develop the property but felt preservation was a better move.
There is now a small parking area at the trail head to go along with the other improvements made by CAP 21 students. The trail is open from dawn to dusk and pets are allowed but must be on leash.