Friday, February 2, 2007

Help out the Harriman

The Harriman Trail is a lasting reminder of the cooperative efforts of your community and its agencies and individuals to bring a dream into a reality. A tremendous community effort enjoyed by people from all over the nation and beyond.

A continuing community cooperative effort is needed to maintain the benefits of the dream. As a former YMCA camp director, now retired (age 81), I enjoy camping in the area and hiking the many trails. I have seen some situations that could use some attention, in my view.

Last year, there were several blow-down trees along the Harriman Trail but no one seemed to know who to contact to get them removed.

There is no information posted in the Forest Service campgrounds about the Harriman Trail, so I picked some up from their headquarters to give out and post on the camp bulletin board. A few days later I observed a white Forest Service truck stop at a bulletin board in the Wood River Campground and remove the info I had posted.

The amphitheater at the Wood River Campground gets little use. Youth groups from the Ketchum area could be utilized to schedule some programs to help campers from outside the area to get to know more about the valley and what it has to offer. Some of the traffic that goes north over Galena might stay in the area if they were more aware of the opportunities in the Wood River Valley.

Local senior citizens would appreciate making parking spots along the highway (without charge) so they could enjoy short hikes to see some sections of the trail with a wheelchair access in some cases.

Sections of the Harriman Trail might be assigned to community groups for a spring clean-up with groups invited to call in and get a section to clean up each spring when weather permits.

I hope this gets some community groups to get together and develop some plans to promote your area to visitors, older locals who may not take advantage of that which is right in their backyard.

Chet Bartlett

Twin Falls

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