Public vs. private: Glenshire trail user looking for ways to re-open shut-down property
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Abuse from four-wheelers rutting up trails to illegal campfires threatening their surroundings over the past few years has forced private property owners in Glenshire to close off land that used to be open for the public to enjoy.
But one resident, John Hurt, hopes he can come up with a plan for responsible trail use to get the owners of the 4,000-acre Raley property off Martis Peak Road to re-open their property to neighboring hikers, bikers and equestrians.
and#8220;We really donand#8217;t have any immediate access to open space in Glenshire,and#8221; Hurt said. and#8220;I want to be able to take my kids out close by without having to get in the car.and#8221;
The Idea, Hurt said, would be to create a list of neighborhood residents who could use the trails in exchange for maintaining them and keeping an eye out for illegal and inappropriate uses.
He said a similar arrangement was brokered by the International Mountain Biking Association in Sonoma County on the Louisiana Pacific property.
and#8220;They shut it down and a bike club got together and petitioned to have access,and#8221; Hurt said. and#8220;The land owners have a list of names signed up through the club and a set of rules, and there is no illegal trail building.and#8221;
He said new trails are already being cut through the Raley property in response to the closure, something a user group could stop.
and#8220;It could be a win-win for the property owners,and#8221; Hurt said.
Hurt proposed his idea to the Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association Board this summer, and on the boardand#8217;s advice, he will be collecting signatures in the subdivision to gauge support.
Dan Warren, general manager of the association, said the board wants to see what kind of response he gets, but has some reservations.
and#8220;The association doesnand#8217;t have the resources to create a policing force out there,and#8221; Warren said. and#8220;We would also want any group to look at all the trails in our subdivision.and#8221;
He said offroad vehicles have done significant damage both to private and resident association property in Glenshire, and the illegal campfire that started the Martis Fire in 2001 destroyed many of the trees on the Raley property and down the Truckee river canyon.
Neil Doerhoff, spokesman for the Raley property, said without knowing specifics about the proposal, he had no comment.