ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Shareing the trails

Re: Shareing the trails

Duncan Fletcher (dfletche@gte.net)
Sat, 8 Feb 1997 10:48:04 -0800

I don't normally like me too posts, but I would like to reemphasize what is
said here. Manure around camp areas near trailheads should be hauled home
in the trailer. Manure in back country camp areas where this is not
feasible should be scattered. If there is no place left to scatter due to
high use, then the camp site has been over used and shouldn't be used. This
is critical for our future access to trails.

Duncan Fletcher

> From: JBagford@aol.com
> To: ridecamp@endurance.net
> Subject: Shareing the trails
> Date: Saturday, February 08, 1997 12:30 AM
> When we get right down to it, all of us out there on the trails are in
> together. If we begin fighting among ourselves, we may loose the use of
> trails. I ride on a trail that is extensively used by horses, bikers and
> hikers. Yes there are some bikers who are loutish brutes, but guess what?
> There are some horsemen out there who are every bit as bad! (The hikers
> to slow for me to see <g>). The majority of both are very polite. Mtn
> do some damage to trails if not properly managed, so do horses. Where I
> it is the wildlife (buffalo) that do the most damage. Everyone of us has
> interest in keeping the trails open. If we work with the Mtn Bikers we
> than double our strength. Do you have any idea how many more bikers there
> than horsemen?
> I don't mean to sound angry, I am not. But I do belive that we need to
> responsibility for preserving our right to use the trails. To me that
> bringing only certified weed free hay into any National Park (even where
> is not required, and other people are just brining any old thing),
> up all the manure around the trailer (even if it wasn't my horse that
> "dropped" it), being polite and friendly (even to the uncouth few), and
> volanteering to help maintain/rebuild trails. Lets not start pointing
> fingers, because there are quite a few that should be pointed right back
> us. Horsemen, hikers and bikers are all out on the trail for the same
> reasons. We love it and we can't imagine living without the beauty and
> freedom we find there.
> Jane, UT

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