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Old 12-03-2009, 11:30 AM
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Hello,

I write a newsletter called the Interior Trails Quarterly. I just included a story about your group in the December edition. (Anyone who would like to be on the distribution list just send me an email. The newsletter is free.) I received the following email from a long-time trail user in the Goldstream Valley:

"I have been told by two long-time Valley mushers that the heavily used OíConner Creek trail is badly torn up by 4 wheeler-in-the-mud use. I donít know if you have any insight as to how to stop this sort of thing. Education by 4-wheeler advocate groups seems best. I love multiple use trails but evidently this is very bad."

She goes on to mention two mushers she has talked to about the situation. I use the O'Connor Creek Trail periodically throughout the year and agree with the assessment. I'm willing to bet some ATV enthusiasts like the mud-bogging challenge of the trail, but unfortunately that make for a very rough trail. I'm just wondering if you guys have any suggestions or comments. I'm a non-motorized trail user and a strong supporter of multi-use trails, and know all users need to work together on situations like this.

Also, I suggest you guys have a Forum dedicated to trails.

Eric Troyer
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:12 PM
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www.treadLightly.org Everyone whom rides the trail, motorized or other should read and explore this site, I would also point out that u dont have to drive or ride something on a trail to ruin it.

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Old 01-16-2010, 08:43 AM
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Excellent suggestion on the Tread Lightly site, Skylar. And I agree with your assessment. I've seen trails degraded by too much and/or improper foot traffic.

Ultimately, I think the O'Connor Creek Trail needs to be rerouted to higher, better drained ground. That would make it a more enjoyable experience for almost all trail users. I just checked and almost the entire trail is either on state, borough, or university land, so that makes it easier (as long as the university is amenable).
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:36 AM
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I think if more people including ourselves joined TREAD LIGHTLY it would be good for us and what we do, also it would help us get more involved with the MAYOR council and what they do, and maybe we at some point could have a tread lightly specialist come out and do some training in the future , just an idea
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Hey i training or some kind of seminar is a FANTASTIC idea!
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We have alot of things in the works on these this so stay tuned.
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