LETTER: Dogs are not the problem on BCMC Trail

Dear Editor:

Re: Metro Sets Long-range Plan for Grouse Grind, BCMC, Nov. 7 news story.

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I do not own a dog. However, I frequently see dogs and owners on the BCMC. I see no reason why dogs should be banned on the trail. I read that a majority of those surveyed this past summer supported banning dogs on BCMC so obviously most people disagree with my opinion.

Another comment I read in the article is that part of the reason for banning dogs was the environmental impacts from the dogs. What about all the lag bolts and eye bolts that have recently been put into dozens of trees along the trail?

I hiked up Grouse Grind yesterday and then hiked down the BCMC. What’s with all the rope and tape?

Marking the trail could have been much easier by doubling or tripling the number of reflective orange markers on the trees. Huge eye bolts screwed into the trees on both trails – does that not harm the tree and make it more susceptible to insects and disease?

The natural beauty of both trails, especially the BCMC is being ruined. What’s needed more than anything is education.

I participated in the survey this past summer and was wondering if you considered having some sort of a town hall where the long-range proposals would be discussed with locals?

John Leckman

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