Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Land use- concerning Beacon in Chester Mass.
LOL!!! Funny, Glenn.
You know me, F'in N'orkas can't keep their noses out of others biz.
I called him yesterday. I told him I was a no body, but extended an olive branch and tried to get him to believe that it would eb best to work an arrangement for limited 4wd access with a local group in exchange for the club handling trail maintenance/erosion control. I told him that a similar aggrement was struck in NY between HV4wheelers and Scenic Hudson over Mt. Beacon, NY. He had some interest, mostly about how this was the settlement they reached to end the legal challenges put forward by the 4x4 club.
He had a lot more interest when I told him that his deal was not done and that local 4x4 groups may be working together to comr up with the money to make a counteroffer to the owner and stop TNC's purchase. In fact, he got down right panicy. He said that he felt "threathened" by the 4wheelers trying to buy it. So I went back to the beginning and said that the 4wheelers felt threatened by TNC's cease and dissist.
In the end, he agreed that it might be best to extend an "olive branch" to the clubs. I told him the importance of maintaining fire road access, soil erosion contol, litter clean-up and unauthorized motorized traffic restriction. I told him currently these tasks have been done for years by the clubs. That by working with the clubs, it can still be done by the clubs at clubs expense, freeing up TNC cash reserves to be applied elsewhere. It also means that TNC doesn't have to spend so much time/money fighting the losing battle of keeping motorized traffic off the land (particularly teenagers with quads, whicheven he admitted is the main concern, not the Jeepers.)
Being a Environmental Science & Conservation major, I reminded him that there is a difference between "conservation" and "preservation". And they are Nature "Conservationists", not preservationists. Surprisingly, he agreed!
In all, we were on the phone for about a half hour. And it was a good conversation ending with him saying that he will speak with the other tree-huggers (I added that) and see if there is room to work with the clubs for an agreement of some limited access in exchange for maintenance.
Glenn, I prolly shot from my hip, but based on the letter you posted, there wasn't anything to lose. Maybe, just maybe, some logic was exchanged.
If not, he's in a panic that they might lose the deal if a bid war breaks out. (I even told him a Powerball winner might back the 4x4 purchase) [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Damn, I'm evil. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]