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E-M:/ White Pine Trail
To answer some questions raised following my
initial posting ....
The source of the toxins is typical for old
railroad grades: byproducts of coal cumbustion, breakdown of creosoted railroad
ties, herbicide applications. Once I get a copy of the sample info I'll
post the particulars on the toxin levels.
The friends of the White Pine Trail has known about
this problem since the sample results were produced (July 1998). I am a
member of the friends, and my feeling is that they have had little success
working with the DNR on the north end of the trail.
The newspaper article I referred to was written by
Dave Poulson and appeared in several newspapers in early January
The trail could be surfaced with compacted road
gravel or Afton stone; these make excellent bicycle riding surfaces and won't
upset the snowmobilers.
A side issue and perhaps not environmental, is the
apparent abandonment of the north end of the trail by the DNR. It has
not been mowed this year, a beaver has cut a channel nearly completely
across the trail, the informational kiosk at the trailhead has had the
plexiglass half broken out for a year (either remove it or fix it!), and no
effort has been made to remove debris from the trail. Also, the trail is
exceedingly filthy because of the black dust. I
know several people who have stopped using the trail - particularly if they had
used it with their children - because of the trail condition.
It is important not to blame the trail manager or
his very few workers for this situation. The problem resides at a
much higher level in the DNR.