Golf course impacts

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Our system of hiking trails is among the leading contributors to the quality of life in Los Alamos County.
The trail system effort has been led by Craig Martin and many volunteers, including my son.
I use the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail for running and frequently hike there with my family. Our trail system linking neighborhoods is a rare treasure. My previous home of Concord, Mass., with its legacy of Henry David Thoreau and environmentalism, did not offer the beauty of our trail system.  
I was particularly dismayed to read in the Thursday Los Alamos Monitor about the Plan B golf course design with major impacts on Walnut Canyon Rim Trail. How can clearing this area help meet any “highest sustainability standards?” Golf course improvements should remain within the current footprint and should take into account the safety and aesthetic experience of hikers, bicyclists and runners on nearby trails.
I am among a large number of taxpayers who share the financial burden of the golf course, and presumably the design fees for golf course expansion, but do not play golf.
Golf course plans diminishing the beauty of our local trails is unfair and will engender strong resistance to any proposed expansion. Submit perspectives to cpfd@lacnm.us.

Larry Paul Cox
Los Alamos

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