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Re: [Kayakstaugustine] My Opinion

From: Richard B.
Sent on: Monday, December 22, 2014 7:48 AM
Greg,
I fully agree with you on group size.  As a retired land manager, I can attest to the impacts of large groups (parking, trail enlargement, trail blockage, etc.). For many of us, a small group is much preferable in order to enhance the outdoor experience.  At times I felt your trips have been too big.

So, I fully support your effort to limit trips and to have a waiting list.

Richard Bryant

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On Dec 22, 2014, at 7:26 AM, Greg Braswell <[address removed]> wrote:

I like to think of myself, as someone who cares about our environment  and love to get people outside to enjoy it, and I know I am going to upset some, however I feel that I must voice my opinion being a organizer and having the ability to bring groups together for events in our public parks. I will always limit the number of participants for our paddles, hikes and bike rides to limit the footprints per the size and capability of the area we intend to visit.So if you want to go on these meet ups, be sure and RSVP early. I will always add a waiting list, which will automatically add the next person in line if someone that has RSVP decides not to go. Be sure and update your RSVP for the reason. If in fact we decide to have a large group we will break it up to minimize the environmental impact.   Unfortunately some of the other groups do not feel that way. One particular group for which call themselves environmentalist have planned for large groups(50 for one hike and up to 100 for another) to visit a couple of parks and be on the trail at one time. This ( in my opinion) is overwhelming, both for the guide and for the environment. This will never happen with this meet up. If in fact we ever decided to allow a large group or had a large response such as this, for a certain event, we would surly break the groups up. If you plan on visiting GTM Jan 10 or Fort Clinch State Park on Jan 3, BEWARE. Your not alone!

It is not my intent to anger anyone. Just bring awareness.

Thanks &

Yak On!





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