The dedication of a new boardwalk in the Cache River State Natural Area Friday culminates several years of effort by a class of middle-schoolers. The boardwalk connects a parking lot to the wetland area in the Section 8 Woods Nature Preserve near Cypress in Johnson County. It was damaged in a flood in 2008, and has been closed since.
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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says it was a middle-school class from Creal Springs that made the new boardwalk happen. “There’s a group of middle school kids, the Wetland Warriors, who saw this problem and while groups of grown-ups were trying to figure out what to do, the kids basically said let’s get it done,” Simon said. The students got a $20,000 grant from the Disney Planet Challenge, and $15,000 was spent on the new boardwalk. Other groups contributed as well to the total cost of $68,200: