Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Keep the highway clean

Congratulations to Chris Leman and all the volunteers and sponsors of Big Wood Backcountry Trails for the award for excellence in conservation. The current condition of the local trails has never been better.

On another positive note, the Idaho Department of Transportation has been diligent in keeping Highway 75 north of Ketchum in near perfect shape. There is barely a pebble on the road.

On a somewhat negative note, the "adopt a highway" folks (Help Keep Idaho Litter Free) have not been keeping the highway free of litter. I can only attest to the section of Highway 75 from Saddle Road north to Galena. The litter is major and decreases the farther north you go. The only effort that I have seen to date is the Environmental Resource Center, and that organization has maybe done a third of its section from Saddle to Hulen Meadows.

From the south going north, many organizations' names appear on signs indicating their interest in maintaining sections of road. The Environmental Resource Center is followed by numerous businesses and organizations based in the Ketchum area.

If I am incorrect in my observations, I wish to apologize. If not, it would be greatly appreciated if those who have adopted sections of the highway would follow through and help keep this highway a designated "Scenic Byway."

Terry Friedlander


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