Everbody, We need your help!!!
If you like Willow trails please write a short note to the state.
The Willow Trail Committee has applied for a State Land Use Permit to post trail signs and information kiosks throughout the West Gateway Trail System. As most of you know, these signs consist of everything from the carsonite "lath" every few hundred yards to the yellow and green direction/ safety signs to the three information kiosks. Unfortunately, there seems to be some opposition to this application, thus the trail committee is asking for your help.
There is a public comment period on this permit application that ends on Jan. 28th. You can see the public notice here:
If you choose to write a short comment, you may want to mention:
1. The heavy recreational use of these trails by snowmachiners, dog mushers and skiers. People touring for the day or traveling to their cabins in the back country. Also people traveling from or to the Nancy Lake SRA.
2. Signs are about Safety. Because of the vast amount of swamps and topography, trail users often get disoriented and lost. In fact there have been many search and rescue operations by Troopers and State Parks in the West Gateway Trails through the years.
Also, natural conditions such as overflow, flat light and white out conditions are common. making signs necessary for public safety. The signs also warn the traveler of approaching busy sections and to watch for differing trail users.
3. Without the signs and the security they provide, people would be less likely to venture out and enjoy the great trails and the open spaces we are lucky to have in Willow.
You can send the comments to:
STATE OF ALASKA
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
DIVISION OF MINING, LAND & WATER,
SOUTHCENTRAL REGION, LAND OFFICE
550 W 7TH AVE., SUITE 900C
ANCHORAGE, AK 99501-3577