Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Many factors in dog policy for Nordic trails

    I am a BRCD Nordic trail volunteer and have been for eight years. My husband Ed and I along with our Dalmatian Macky are up at Galena Lodge every Saturday during the season. We did patrol at Quigley for two or three years previously.
    I have had conversations with Bruce Norvell at Quigley a number of times regarding the expansion of dog trails; however, he has recently taken his crusade to new levels. It would be great if everyone in the valley, whether on Nordic trails or hiking trails, would pick up after their dogs. Unfortunately, not all trail users are attentive when their dogs are walking behind them and leave deposits. The ERC and BRCD do a good job in providing bags and disposal cans for cleanup. As a patrol volunteer, one of our jobs is to clean trails.
    In his guest opinion, Mr. Norvell failed to address the issue of safety both for dogs and skiers on the trails. I have observed dogs running into skiers or jumping on them, aggressive dogs on trails who bite other dogs, and groups of more than four who cause a “dog jam” in their excitement to greet one another. To be fair to the dogs, I have seen many well-mannered dogs and some rude people. I love my dog—he enjoys skiing with us and has good manners but not all skiers want to have dogs on trails. Not all trails because of terrain are suitable for dogs and skiers.
    We live in a great community—people help each other, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer. I love living here but our good quality of life in this valley depends on people who follow the rules. We have to work together.
    Folks, because we didn’t have all our trails open yet, let’s all be considerate of one another and play by the rules. Happy New Year and pray for snow!
Carmen Northen

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