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What is the Real Agenda of the Friends of the Fells?

posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:40 AM by michele biscoe   [ updated Aug 12, 2012, 8:53 AM ]
Last week the Friends of the Fells (FoF) made the local papers over their outrage about the removal of stone steps on the Reservoir (Orange) Trail.
The FoF maintain that the DCR has destroyed a revered section of the Reservoir Trail (the pages on the FoF website are not static, so links to screenshots are provided). Under the current news section of their website, they write:

"For the first time since creation of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, its managing agency is destroying historic trails that for nearly a century have served to protect nature and enhance visitor experiences.  This destruction follows a new policy of unbridled expansion of mountain bike use throughout the Reservation.

"Mountain bike riders cannot negotiate rock steps, so DCR is destroying them on the Reservoir Trail. This is the second section of rock steps demolished by DCR to render the Reservoir Trail convenient for bikers.

"DCR is also bypassing other sections of the Trail by cutting new bike-friendly routes through new sections of the Fells, disturbing habitats and landscapes."

Do not be fooled:  In a  letter to the editor of the Melrose Free Press  on Friday DCR Commissioner, Ed Lambert, identifies this rhetoric for what it is:

"[I]t is disturbing to see the misinformation being disseminated by a group that refers to itself as the “Friends of the Fells” which is deliberately misleading the public in its suggestion that DCR is destroying the Fells and tearing up historic trails.

"We strongly object to such characterizations and believe these actions are part of an agenda that seeks to limit access to other user groups that the 'Friends' does not support."

See also: Re-routing the Multi-Use Reservoir Trail