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Positive Meeting with Town Officials

posted Jan 31, 2009, 12:20 PM by Auburn RRMSEA   [ updated Feb 1, 2009, 9:40 AM ]
On January 29, Coalition representatives had a positive meeting with Supervisor Jack Marren and Board Member Peter Hessney. We discussed our concerns about the impacts the proposed wide stonedust trail through RRMSEA would have on the environment, and on the many existing trail users. We discussed how the project development has gone awry. But mainly we emphasized our vision of the trail through RRMSEA as a major asset to the Town, Community, and Region. We offered our expertise to work with the Town to help gain a "design exception," essentially a waiver to allow this section of trail to remain narrow. We offered to direct our passion and expertise, which has been focused on saving RRMSEA, towards helping Victor develop this area into a showcase for environmental education: offering interpretive walks, developing signs, and otherwise working with school and community. We offered this website as an educational resource to learn about the special biodiversity of the area. RRMSEA is a unique natural resource with a broad user base and many concerned stakeholders. It could be a showcase project, different from any other "rails to trails" conversion, in the region and beyond.