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Friends of Fort Defiance: On the right trail

By Staff | Aug 20, 2009

The serene beauty of Fort Defiance State Park awaits visitors. Meanwhile, Friends of Fort Defiance have their work cut out and planned to the end of 2009. EDN file photo

The Friends of Fort Defiance planned work projects for the remainder of the year when they met at the park Tuesday night.

President John Wittneben said Randy Beaver will be hauling woodchips from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources storage site at Gull Point to spread on the new Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail. The trail starts at the park west parking lot and loops east toward the former ranger’s cabin. Wittneben said DNR Ranger Steve Reighard had already moved a pile of chips from the ranger’s cabin to the interpretive trail kiosk.

Wittneben said Iowa Lakes Community College students have volunteered to help spread woodchips on the trail 8 a.m. to noon next Monday and Tuesday.

Late September the DNR will bring in crews to trim branches overhanging the roadways through the park. The group also will borrow a wood chipper to make chips to spread on the trail.

Wittneben said DNR trails staff will relocate two bridges on Spring Creek this fall. The Friends will also work on reinforcing bridge footings on School Section Creek this fall.