Dear "Long, Long,"
It sounds from your letter that you have concerns about dogs on ski trails at Swampy Sno-park. I can understand that.
I'm curious about your reference to expanding the Wanoga trail as an option. It's not an option for several reasons, with the simplest being that the Forest Service will not allow it.
Trust me, we wouldn't go through the hassle of pursuing Swampy if there were a viable alternative elsewhere. If you know of an alternative with basic features (decent snow and terrain, non-motorized, and accessible), please let me know. I'm open to any ideas that would help everyone have good recreation opportunities.
In the meantime, let's focus on what we want. I want for myself and other citizens with dogs to be able to ski/snowshoe on decent trails beyond one two-mile option. I presume you want to be able to ski without seeing a dog, and perhaps without seeing a groomed trail. Is that correct?
Based on what I've seen in communities around the West, I believe it's possible for both of us to achieve what we want. I also believe that dialog is an important part of the process, as well as an opportunity to answer the questions you ask. We can arrange a neutral, professional facilitator to ensure that the dialog is productive.Are you up for that, Long, Long?
Please let me know. You can reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org.