Dave W. 
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Re: “Are We Being Hammered at Hammer Flats?

I agree with John Kangas, that closing the Hammer Flats area off to non-consumptive, non-destructive uses such as those recreational activities he mentions, is a highly questionable move, and an inappropriate one, on the part of the City of Boise. All five of the objectives of the $10 million open space levy can be met in the case of Hammer Flats, without closing the area off to all use by the public who paid this levy. "Preserving wildlife habitat" does not necessitate exclusion of all public use. Exclude hunting, by all means, and exclude off-road vehicles and dirt bikes that would tear up the terrain--but why exclude hikers, runners, kite-flyers, mountain bikers, nature lovers, bug-watchers, wildflower gazers, cloud contemplators, artists, birders, and hang gliders? Perhaps some additional restrictions might be warranted in winter when the deer are wintering in the area, but this certainly does not require year-round closure.

Long-time traditional uses of the area, such as hang-gliding and para-gliding, should be respected. This money was not raised for the purpose of a strict nature preserve where no human use is permitted.

Sincerely,
David Whitacre, long-time Boise resident

Posted by Dave W. on 05/31/2010 at 10:57 AM

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