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By: Jeremy Magee A partnership between the City of Farmers Branch, the Valwood Improvement Authority & the North Texas Tollway Authority, the preserve is located just off Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch and is a rare mix of upland forests and wetlands bordering the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.  Named for longtime and avid city employee John F. Burke (whose work led to the creation of the Farmers Branch park system), there are three trails totaling 2.08 miles (River Trail Loop: .66 mi., Pond Trail Loop: .68 mi. and Thicket Trail Loop: .74 mi.). The difficulty level is...

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The Bokashi system decreases the time it takes to produce finished compost significantly and is a super easy system. It also allows you to compost ALL food scraps including meat and bones. Join our workshop to learn how it works.

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By: Haley Cottey ExploreMore DFW Trail Highlight: Squabble Creek  Squabble Creek is a neighborhood favorite and enjoyed by many! It is approximately 5 miles and has 6 different loops surrounding a small water treatment plant.   Unfortunately, due to excessive trail damage from construction in the nearby neighborhood about 4 years ago, parts of the trail were lost and the park was closed for some time. However, thanks to the hard work from DORBA and the City of Rockwall, most of the trail was restored and the park reopened. The trail is constantly being restored and maintained and hikers and bikers alike can enjoy the...

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By: Haley Cottey Last year we backpacked Eagle Rock Loop a few times in the Ouachita National Forest and loved learning about this adventure gem that is just 4 hours from DFW. Eagle Rock Loop is a great option for a weekend backpacking trip within driving distance of DFW for the seasoned and beginner backpacker alike. At just 4 hours from Dallas, this highly trafficked loop features beautiful views, water falls, plenty of swimming areas, challenging hikes that will leave you feeling empowered and plenty of established campsites near the river with fire rings so you relax and enjoy the evening. The trail...

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By: Haley Cottey If 2020 taught us anything, it was how important it is to explore local and support local! When traveling is difficult, exploring local trails and activities is so important. It can open our eyes to the fact that our backyard is bigger than we think and YES there are amazing green spaces right here in DFW. (see Part 1 and Part 2 of our DFW Trail Highlights). Equally important is changing our mindset to intentionally support our local businesses. Yes Amazon is convenient and eating at chain restaurants is easy but supporting local business is SO important...

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