Posted by Mike Rysavy on September 18, 2001 at 20:23:29:
In Reply to: [Stumps] Save Bagby Hot Springs posted by Mark Robinowitz on July 16, 2001 at 21:54:11:
It is hard to read such negative statements! It is sad the rustic nature of the bagby trail is being touched by reconstruction, but the wonderful surroundings will always be. As will friends of bagby. The trail is not to become an "industrial highway". Sections of the trail that are currently trampled out to at least 10 feet wide will be brought down to the 4 foot range for the entire length. The terrible culverts are simply small bridges to prevent water build up and erosion. Most of the mile and a half trail have always been gravel and I imagine spreading 4 inches of gravel for 1 1/2 miles would take alot of gravel.
Really the trail will be just that a trail and a safer one at that. The only problem I have seen is the destruction of native vegatation in there "erosion control" efforts. I will be chating with the Forest Service about that. Why so much negativity towards the trail and Bagby? Why so many petioners and letters written? Almost all these people have been lied too, and have not seen for themselves or seen the real facts.
Friends of Bagby Hot Springs, Inc. is alive and well after enduring this small dissident faction that was intent on bankrupting the group and more involved in there meeting then taking care of bagby. The contract was cancled with the former officers and Bagby is in the care of the same group that built the bathhouses in the 80's.
In fact, during the course of the last 3 months many long-waited projects have been completed.
The Historic 1913 Guard Station has had a new historic replica cedar-shake roof put on, the dangerous steps to the waiting area have been replaced, and the springs have been manned with Friends of Bagby volunteers almost 24/7. And more positive projects are in the future.
Please think of all the positive things you can do to help not only Bagby Hot Springs but all the forests.
Vice-President, Friends of Bagby Hot Springs, Inc.
President, Friends of Northwest Forests, Inc.