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Park operations are no mystery

March 8, 2012
Daily Press


This letter is in response to Bill Finlan's letter about activities at Pioneer Trail Park. The first issue, that of a trailer park in competition with the private sector. Federal, state and local units of government operate campgrounds throughout the entire country. Pioneer Trail Park has been operated as a day-use picnic area and campground for a long time. The Delta Conservation District over the last couple of years has gone to great lengths to inquire how the people of Delta County want their park system managed and operated. A parks advisory recreation committee (PARC) also provides input and recommendations to the Delta CD Board of Directors. The Delta CD Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Trail Park office (public comment is always welcome).

As to the issue of red and white pine trees being cut. Over the last five years approximately 100 of these old trees have been removed because of mortality and/or public safety.

Soil types in this area are extremely poor, have low natural fertility and are susceptible to drought. The latest selection process for conversion from a tent camping area to that of a camper-style upgraded area (public and visitor requested), was done by individual tree selection based on safety and life expectancy. No trees were cut for the income that they would generate.

Lastly, Mr. Finlan finds it a mystery where the finances have come from for the improvements to Delta County parks. I find it a mystery why many people today think that the only way to get anything done is to throw more money at it (maybe that's why this whole country is in the shape it is in). The mystery is quite simple; it's called commitment, dedication, interest, long hours, and hard work. County commissioners, the county administrator, county staff, Delta CD Board of Directors, Conservation District staff, PARC members and volunteers have all contributed to this effort (Steve Wery deserves most of the credit). I would ask Mr. Finlan to grab his gloves and join the party by volunteering and add those memories to his other joyful experiences at the park.

Rory Mattson

Executive Director

Delta Conservation District



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