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Letter to the editor: Towns to trails

— Towns to trails

To the editor:

Gorge Towns to Trails:

There has been much talk the previous few months concerning an expanded trail system in the Lyle area.

Most of the conversations have focused on how an expanded trail system will affect private landowners as well as land being taken off of the tax rolls. At each of the meetings that I have attended, Friends of the Gorge representatives have assured attendees that private land and tax rolls will not be affected.

Evidence would indeed suggest otherwise! While browsing the Friends of the Gorge website I noticed that has already occurred with the purchase of Mt. Ulka west of The Dalles.

This was purchased solely to connect trails. In addition, Friends of the Gorge “want Mt. Ulka to be public land as soon as possible.” In order to achieve this goal and not have to pay the cost of maintenance, FOG is actively soliciting support to use Land Water Conservation Funds to have the Forest Service purchase the land. I oppose the GT2T vision and this type of land grab. Actions speak much louder than words. This has the potential to occur throughout the Gorge in order for the GT2T system to come to fruition.

Visit gorgefriends.org to see for yourself.

Dan Smith

Lyle

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