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Activities not recreational

In a pair of recent of articles about illegal activities on land in the Greenhorn Creek area, Kevin Wiser speculates that these problems are created by “growing crowds seeking recreation in the county’s backwoods” and the “illicit activity” that recreationists bring to the area. Since when are illegal dumping, unlawful use of firearms or trespassing forms of recreation? Sounds more like criminal activity to me. The recreationists I know in Nevada County build and maintain trails, cooperate with land-management agencies and donate invaluable volunteer hours to help beatify public lands. For example, Bicyclists of Nevada County has worked to clean up many local areas, such Dead Mans Flat in Grass Valley.



The Union should more accurately describe those who trash public and private lands as vandals or outlaws. These offenders have little in common with those of us who seek to protect and respectfully use the beautiful public lands that we are so blessed with here in Nevada County.




John J. Gardiner

Bicyclists of Nevada County

Grass Valley


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