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[at-l] Evidence Of Trailplace Effectiveness

<< Dan:
 [private comments about Saddleback removed]
 I also want to thank you (belatedly) for the support you generated for the
 Gulf tract near Max Patch. I'm familiar with that property. It will be a
 great addition to the national forest and provide an excellent buffer for
 the A.T. I know that the letters and calls of support generated by
 Trailplace made a real difference with the appropriations staff in
 Congress. Ultimately, the Gulf tract was one of only a relative handful of
 line items in this year's LWCF appropriations bill.

    The above was written by Dave Startzell, Executive Director of the 
Appalachian Trail Conference to Dan Bruce in regard to the Gulf Tract 
Trailplace effort.

     Further comments by WF indicated that those in the know in positions of 
influence were also aware of the significance of the Trailplace e*mail input. 
The Putnam mine was another case, as well, where the e*mails were counted as 
reason of proof for public concern by the State in revoking the mining 
permit. I could request the Tennessee representative's office for a personal 
proof of Trailplace effectiveness, but I'm afraid I would get a need to know 
response. I equally would not ask AT*L letter writers to dig up how effective 
their non*E*form letters were to prove to me how much better they were than 
Trailplace's. At this point it would be more like petty denial than honest 

     If possible, I would like to continue discussing why (in my view) I 
think some of the intentions of the original Trail project have been 
overlooked by some of the posters engaged in the debate. 

    Thanks   *   R 'n R