Were the doctrine-driven NCRA to allow any fresh air to its rusting nostalgia-dome, it would find strength in diversity, and lots of energetic people ready to work cooperatively on shared goals.
Dear Editor, The McKinleyville Land Trust (MLT) would like to thank Coast Central Credit Union for its generous grant of $9,500 to support a trails project. These funds will help us build trails and signage for our property near the Mill Creek Marketplace, Chah-GAH-Cho (CGC). This grant will cover about one-third of the cost of…
The NCRA board decided to have the subcommittee focus on a rail with trail approach, in accordance with the agency’s policies. The group’s work has been productive and socially influential, giving the NCRA new credibility and rendering the previous “rail versus trail” debate as outdated.
“I think we are developing a very broad-based community consensus of, ‘Let’s move forward with rail and trail – let’s make it work,’” he said.
Rail supporters and trail advocates are at odds, sometimes bitterly, and McCowen recommended they collaborate instead. “If people want to advocate for rail only, if they want to advocate for trail only – that increases the odds that we get nothing,” he said.
I believe the Eel River Trail is doable and if we have RESPECT for each other along the way we can work out all of the details, meet the landowners concerns, and take the trail from VISION to REALITY.
Trails may not be the panacea for all of our ills, but they may define our new paradigm of living in harmony with nature. Let’s awaken from our collective slumber and roll up our sleeves. We all have work to do. The world will be better because of it.