This Aug. 11, 2013, photo provided by Ron Stevenson shows Laddy, a border collie, who was found Sunday stuck up in a tree two blocks from his Davenport home, Iowa. Cynthia Weeks, his owner, said she believes Laddy escaped Friday from an invisible electronic fencing system thanks to a non-working battery in his collar. She said his love for squirrels and chasing things probably led him up the tree. Despite a few abrasions on the pads of his feet, he's otherwise fine. (AP Photo/Ron Stevenson) MANDATORY CREDIT
Unspoiled nature vistas are becoming hard to come by in the tumult of the highly urbanized settings of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. However, the city of Arlington has set aside 58 such acres on its southwestern fringe - and a trail runs through it.
The city of Arlington on Saturday formally opened the new Southwest Nature Preserve south of Interstate 20 on Bowman Springs Road, on the border with the town of Kennedale.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the wooded preserve has long been a favorite of fishing and nature enthusiasts, but original plans had called for subdivision for 155 houses. Arlington voters approved about $3.5 million to buy the property, which had been used as an illegal dump, clean it up and keep it as a nature preserve.
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