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[pct-l] PCT Easement Violations or Encroachment on the PCT - Call for Documentation

>Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 14:01:44 -0400
>From: "Robert S. Ballou" <PCTRAIL@compuserve.com>
>To: All Recent PCT Hikers
>From: Pacific Crest Trail Association
>Re: PCT Easement Violations or Encroachment on the PCT - Call for
>Periodically, there have been discussions both within and without the PCTA
>regarding incidents of easement violations and/or encroachment by land
>developers adjacent to the PCT.
>In addition to promoting and maintaining the PCT, the Pacific Crest Trail
>Association is dedicated to protecting this national treasure from
>encroachment by land developers or abuse by those private parties through
>who's land the trail passes on an easement.
>To that end, the PCTA has set out to assess the actual and potential
>threats to the trail from developers and/or land managers.  The data
>collected will be vital to the process of mitigating the problems, and must
>be factual in every sense.
>There is an urgent need for specific, documentable, examples of
>encroachment or easement violations.  These are best provided in graphic
>form - either photos or videotape - with an accompanying description of the
>location (preferably keyed to Guidebook map sections), the extent of the
>problem, and the date of documentation (the more recent, the better).
>The Association will conduct a planning session in San Diego on January 17,
>at which time it will set the priorities for 1998.  Detailed examples of
>specific easement problems or encroachment will be benificial in that
>process.  Such examples are needed in the PCTA office by next Monday,
>October 27.  If you have anything that will help establish a case, now is
>the time to come forward.
>To be perfectly clear, this is not intended to be an exercise in attacking
>any federal agency, as most of the problems are not on federal lands.  We
>are seeking examples, primarily on private lands (but on federal lands as
>well if appropriate) where abuses have occurred or are occurring, or where
>encroachment threatens the trail or a trail user's experience.  If there is
>evidence of damage or danger to wildlife, that will add strength to your
>documentation and the case for action by the Association.
>Please direct your documentation to Bob Ballou, Executive Director, PCTA,
>5325 Elkhorn Blvd.  #256, Sacramento, CA  95842.
Brick Robbins
San Diego, CA          

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