Hikers in Brandon Gulch
On June 28, 2008, the Recreation Committee of the Jackson
Advisory Group (JAG) had its first meeting. In addition to Committee members
Peter Braudrick and Vince Taylor, about 30 avid recreationists attended.
A brief introduction stressed that both the new management
plan and the charter of the JAG mandate the development of expanded recreation
opportunities in Jackson Forest. Now is the time for the community to make
known its desires and to help design the recreation plan for the forest. The
JAG has through 2010 to develop its recommendations for changes to the
management plan. A recreation plan can be a part of the JAGís recommendations.
Unlike the past, Cal Fire is receptive to public input, and there will be
funding to support recreation.
Five different recreation interests were represented,
with many people supporting multiple interests: Hiking, Off Road Vehicles (OHV),
Bicycling, Equestrian, and Shooting. It was wonderful to see the respect,
empathy, and mutual support expressed by almost everyone in the room. Everyone
was excited by the obvious opportunity to see more and better recreation in
The meeting broke into sub-groups to come up with
points, goals, and priorities. Then each group presented its findings to the
meeting as a whole, receiving comments and questions. There were common points
among the groups. Almost everyone wanted an inventory and good maps of the
present trails. There was a strong desire to expand the trail system. Also,
the different groups wanted to be able to find ways to let each group have its
favorite recreation without harming othersí pleasure in the forest.
The feeling that pervaded the meeting
can be summarized in
a few words: Respect, Enthusiasm, Anticipation.
Each group wrote up a report of the points coming out of
its discussion. These are published here.
Also, and importantly, they are published as separate posts
on the new Jackson Forum Blog.
At the Forum, you can
easily add your ideas, suggestions, and questions to the area of recreation
that interests you the most:.
Please take the time to
visit Jackson Forum and add your ideas and thoughts to
the appropriate place. If you have an interest not represented in the reports,
please add your thoughts in a comment to the posts.
Contact me if you want to make
your own post.
The meeting was a great beginning. The next step will be a
presentation of the results of this meeting to the Jackson Advisory Group at
approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2008.
Agenda . Participants will summarize their points and answer questions.
You can comment, too.
Letís make Jackson Forest into the recreation paradise
that it should be!