SUTTON, Vt. (AP) — Public access to a series of small ponds in Vermont's Willoughby State Forest in Sutton has received a makeover to help reduce erosion and improve water quality.

The access points to South Dolloff Pond in Sutton have were improved by the planting of native trees and shrubs and the creation of a natural bio-filtration system between the road and the pond. A parking area and walking path were also improved.

The Caledonian Record reports the Dolloff Ponds are small, shallow ponds that are interconnected with a 69-acre wetland in the headwaters of the West Branch of the Passumpsic River Watershed.

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center Watershed Crew worked with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Town of Sutton. Funding came from a state Ecosystem Restoration Program Grant.