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Strange way to think

There is a mindset that has come to light and may not be that obvious to some. It seems that some people think it is all right to hike and bike on property that does not belong to them. The excuse is usually, “I’m not hurting anything.” Just because someone’s house is next to or near forested, undeveloped land doesn’t mean people are entitled to set foot on it. If someone hurts themselves, the property owner can be held liable. Pick your injury. Someone will find a way to blame the landowner and sue him for all he is worth. I know you would never do such a thing. But it happens every day.

Give your neighbors the respect they deserve and ask permission. I’m sure that you would want that. To some people, permission is a dirty word.

We have public land all around us. We pay taxes to keep it open. Hike and bike there. That is what that land is for.



– Walter Branson

Penn Valley


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