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Friends make great progress on Whitetail Ridge

June 11, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Friends of Fort Defiance members set out two crews and continued Tuesday night to spread crushed limestone over the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail.

Steve Young brought crushed limestone in a loader for John Wittneben and Gary Phillips to spread on the west side of the trail while Tug Helmers used another loader to dump rock on the more eastern part of the trail where Laura Young, Jenna Pollock and Dave Seylar spread the limestone evenly over the surface.

When completed, the three-quarter-mile trail just east of the park's west parking lot will be about the same length as the South 14th Street trail in Spurgin Park. A kiosk will be used to distribute brochures detailing more than 20 points of interest along the trail, including flora and fauna indigenous to the area.

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Laura Young, Dave Seylar and Jenna Pollock raked the crushed limestone smooth over the trail.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The trail will make an evenly packed surface that joggers, hikers and families can use through much of the year.

For upcoming projects this summer, the Friends plan on bringing the Ecology bus, an interpretive traveling nature exhibit, to the park as well as hosting the third annual Fort Defiance Day Saturday, Sept. 28.

 
 

 

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