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Perserverance Trail Closure
By Heather Muench


April 27, 2010

The Forest Service is planning to close the Perseverance Trail from May 15 to September 30 for trail reconstruction. While I support the much need trail work, I strongly object to the summer long closure. I agree the trail should be closed on days when helicopters will be moving material to and from the area; but not on other days.

I spoke with Karen Brand, Recreation Department Supervisor and was told the summer long closure was to prevent environmental damage from people walking on unimproved trail during construction. This is not a justified reason to close off entry to miles of back country for an entire recreation season. If sections of trail are muddy due to construction activities, people can detour around them. This trail closure is for the convenience of the Forest Service and is an unreasonable imposition on the public.

If you object to this summer long closure, contact Jeff DeFreest, District Ranger at 225-2148 and Karen Brand at 228-4108.,

Heather Muench
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Long term resident who likes walking area trails."

Received April 25, 2010 - Published April 27, 2010


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