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[ft-l] Backpacker website poll



Very well said. Thank you David

Kenneth Smith
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David L Rohe" <drohe@fs.fed.us>
To: <ft-l@backcountry.net>
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 11:07 AM
Subject: Re: [ft-l] Backpacker website poll


>
> It is not about the ability to co-exist.  That is possible, as has been
> shown on multi use trails.  It is about the specified designation of any
> particular trail.  36 years ago, the FT mission was started and continues
> to be a footpath the length of the state of Florida.  The definition of
the
> Florida Trail is footpath.  The people who build and maintain the trail do
> so to complete this footpath specific mission.  There is nothing wrong
with
> mountain biking, nor is there anything wrong with biking the length of the
> state.  But, if a person wants to do that, they need to follow the example
> of the FTA, not the same exact footpath.  Start a biking organization,
> recruit volunteer members, pay dues, work with land managers to build a
> trail that is designated as the Florida Biking Trail, a bike path the
> length of the state of Florida.  Do not come in after someone else has put
> in the money, time, and sweat; look at them and say thanks, I'm going to
> ignore the signs, the stated purpose of this trail, and do whatever I darn
> well please.  The greatest things in life require sacrifice.  The people
> who build and maintain "Florida's Footpath Forever" (the Florida Trail's
> official motto), have sacrificed.  If anyone likes to bike, then sacrifice
> the time and effort required to build something great.  I would support a
> Florida Biking Trail, I would support efforts necessary to see it done,
but
> not at the expense of others efforts to build a footpath, called the
> Florida Trail.
> Hatter
>
>
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