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    Post Willow Trail Comm. Needs Your Help!

    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:


    http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/pic/pubnotfrm.htm


    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
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    ...and another good thing about signs is that they help keep users on the trails and off private property I can't imagine opposition to trail signs I'll get a letter off today.
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    sent my letter in today!

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    Thumbs up One Guy!!

    There is one guy in Willow named Wally that has been causing so much trouble because he does not like wide trails or ones that lots of people use . He want to keep them to his self. He calls DNR every time we try to make things better and makes us jump throught hoop like you would not beleive. He is driveing the State crazy!!!
    So we need this write in campain to put the stop on him.
    The State wants written back up!
    Thanks everybody!!!!!!
    Help us keep making trails Better!!!!!
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    Default Willow Trails are among the best

    The Willow area is indeed flat. You throw in a little fog, and it's very easy to get turned around out there. I've never been lost, just temporarily confused. Of course when the gas needle plunges toward "E," the anxiety level goes up.

    When I found the marked trail system, it made life much easier. The WTC obviously puts in a lot of work out there to make the sport fun and safe for all.

    My letter is on it's way. I'm wondering where the opposition is coming from? Just the one guy, or is the state itself against this?

    Good Luck Boss.
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    Lightbulb Again One Guy!!!!

    Remenber it only thats one causing trouble to need a whole of letters for to put the screws on a guy like this!
    The State is for us but we need ALL your support!!!
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    Letter is on the way, thank you Trail Boss. CN

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    Send message via email. Thanks WTC.

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    Great deal on getting the word out Boss! Makes no sense to oppose anything like this, unless it's self interest. The signage and trail grooming you are doing is excellent and allows many folks of all ages to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Keep up the good work and keep up the fight, and let us know anytime you need support.

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    Thumbs up Thanks

    I just want to thank everbody for your support!!!
    Keep those letters comeing!!!!
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