It would be wrong for the City of Columbia to forcefully extend a bike trail through the Audubon Nature Sanctuary. Why?
- The sanctuary is owned by the local, respected Audubon Society, and its members are opposed to the penetration and destruction in the sanctuary (a place of refuge and quiet).
- The trail would go through the entire south end of the sanctuary and would cut a 30-foot wide destructive swath obtrusively north into the wooded area and across the much-used footpath that Audubon has already established through the woods.
- It is not necessary because there is already a planned, non-obtrusive route at no or little cost, and it would be used by only a small number of bikers at a huge expenditure.
- Such a route would also necessarily go through the length of the narrow Dublin Park where a children's play area and picnic shelter would end up adjacent to the proposed trail, and those who use that area and trail would be disturbed and endangered by bikers, as would walkers in the Audubon Sanctuary. You can Google "Scott's Branch Alternate Route" to view a map of the mistaken trail through the Audubon Sanctuary.
Please contact the mayor and the City Council members before the July 18 meeting to tell them that acting by force to run any kind of a trail through the Audubon property is unacceptable and would be a mistake.
Marjorie Meredith lives in Columbia.