The town of Union and Landmark Conservancy recently completed a 40-acre addition to the existing Kiwanis Youth Forest.

The now 125-acre protected area is open to the public for outdoors activities such as hiking, hunting, birding and snowshoeing. Future plans for the property include a formal trail system with scenic views.

The area — located between Crescent Avenue and the Chippewa River at the far western edge of Eau Claire County — was originally created to honor the town’s World War II veterans with a stand of planted pines.

Landmark Conservancy is a nonprofit organization serving 20 counties across western Wisconsin. The conservatory was created earlier this year after West Wisconsin Land Trust and Bayfield Regional Conservancy merged.