Volunteers Needed for Public Lands Day Saturday, September 24

A workday sponsored by the Maah Daah Hey Trail Association will coincide with National Public Lands Day and will be held at Coal Creek Trailhead. In the spirit of celebrating National Public Lands Day, volunteers will be finishing a 400-foot section of surfacing on the north end of the Coal Creek Recreational Trail Program grant. The volunteers’ labor will contribute towards meeting requirements of the grant. This is the last surfacing project MDHTA will do this season. People do appreciate the work MDHTA does in preserving the trail.

Volunteers will need to meet on Saturday, September 24 at 9 am at the Coal Creek Trailhead located about 12 miles south of Medora on the East River. Directions from Medora are: From the intersection of Pacific Avenue and the East River Road, turn south to cross the railroad tracks following the East River Road 4 miles to the intersection with Sully Creek Road. Turn right to stay on East River Road for another 7 ½ miles to Coal Creek Trailhead parking. Watch for the MDHTA canopy at the Trailhead. Restroom facilities are available at the adjacent Coal Creek Campground.

Participants should dress appropriate for working outside, along with work gloves and sturdy shoes. A free hearty lunch will be served to participants and they will also have a chance to win valuable trail prizes. With 400 feet of trail to surface we are likely to be done by lunch. Please contact us with the number of volunteers you will bring by September 19 so we can plan enough food for all. Contact Curt Glasoe via email: curtglasoe@ndsupernet.com, phone: (701) 260-9459 or Amy Tysver email: atysver@ndsupernet.com.

Early fall is a wonderful time of the year to do this kind of work as mosquitoes, ticks, flies and the heat have subsided. It’s a great time of the year to finish this project on and then enjoy a hike or ride to observe a splash of fall color in both the grass and trees on Sunday. It’s also a great time of the year to get in some of the last warm season camping of the year.

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