FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- Water trails and shelters in the Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge are reopening after long closures because of drought and a sprawling wildfire in the swamp last year.
Refuge rangers say water levels in the swamp's canoe trails have risen since February. That's given them a chance to use motorboats to clear fallen trees that blocked a dock and smashed a toilet at the Minnies Lake day shelter last year when wildfire swept through the area. The shelter, which visitors use for rest stops and picnics, is now open.
Much of the Red Trail waterway in the swamp's interior has also
reopened, though a northern stretch remains closed because of
burned trees that still need to be cleared.
The Okefenokee refuge covers nearly 400,000 acres in southeast Georgia and northern Florida.
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