MANDAN, N.D. -- The Morton County Park Board Monday approved spending $7,000 to plant more trees at Graner Park, Harmon Lake and the Sweet Briar Recreation area.
“All three parks need more trees,” said Park Board member Andy Zachmeier. “Graner Park needs to replace those lost in the 2011 flood. They also need more shade trees at Harmon Lake and Sweet Briar Dam.” He added that hearty trees will be planted that can withstand disease and weather extremes.
Cross country skiing
Zachmeier said the county park board consented to having the Mandan Park Board groom cross-country ski trails at Missouri River Nature Area trail at 1472 River Drive, starting at the Car Bodies area. Zachmeier said there will be three legs available for ski enthusiasts — nine miles for the Fishing Loop Trail, 1.9 miles for the Dogwood Loop Trail and one mile for the Bridge Loop Trail.
A previous grant requires walking trails along Highway 1806 stay clear of snow during the winter and cannot be groomed for cross-country skiing, he said.
The county park board also is studying cross country skiing and other trail needs at Harmon Lake, he said.
An expanded part of Graner Park also is being developed for group camping for use by up to five campers, said Zachmeier.