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Striking a noble balance

Dear Editor:

Thank you, Dee [Malone, Letters to the Editor, June 22.]

You are of course correct that trails do have an impact on wildlife. I am glad you make that point. The point of my recent letter was one of relativity and context; every time you turn the key in your ignition, a person prioritizes their benefit over the impact. You do, and so do I. Our goal should be to find a noble balance.

Richard Louv’s fine book, “The Last Child in the Woods; Saving our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder,” makes a compelling argument that a major threat to our future is that children are no longer growing up wandering along the river. He asks “what is the extinction of a condor to a child that has never seen a wren?” There are scarce few places a child could wander safely along any river between Basalt and Glenwood.

I have spent 20 years conserving lands, the vast majority of which will never suffer public access. As regards our railroad land between Catherine Store Bridge to Hooks Lane, I stand by my opinion that the relative value of a trail outweighs its impact, especially from April to October. RFTA’s willingness to honor the DOW recommendation of the winter closure strikes a noble balance. And finally, your arguments would be better taken if we did not so often see your large dog romping through the underbrush, and North Star, the Rio Grande trail, etc.

Dale Will

Carbondale


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