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Back on the trail

By Staff | Mar 20, 2008

Quaking aspen, more common to the Black Hills of South Dakota or to Canada, thrive in Fort Defiance State Park. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Friends of Fort Defiance heard an update on progress on trail work from Iowa Department of Natural Resources Ranger Steve Reighard Tuesday night.

Reighard said four dock bridges will be arriving for placement over School Section Creek along with help for trail repair. He said a mule will also be available for trail work.

The group also discussed two new trails, the new Spring Creek trail which the Friends built last summer and fall and first named Tuesday night, and an interpretive trail west of the ranger’s house. Reighard said he will order signs for the new Spring Creek trail.

Gary Phillips said a proposal had been submitted to the DNR for the interpretive trail. The six-foot-wide trail will have 14 interpretive points of native trees, ecology, flood plain terraces in School Section Creek canyon, and a deer observation blind. Phillips said the trail, to be named Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail, will be bladed about one inch deep and covered with woodchips.

The public is welcome to attend Friends meetings. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Estherville Public Library Community Room.