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South Hill bluff trails sign of the times

Signs encourage South Hill bluff trail users to avoid disturbing the illegally built road above Hangman Creek. (Jim Kershner)
Signs encourage South Hill bluff trail users to avoid disturbing the illegally built road above Hangman Creek. (Jim Kershner)

TRAILS -- Following the bulldozing of an illegal road below Spokane's South Hill bluff and trails, new signs have been posted by the busted perps requesting trail users to stay off the road to avoid more damage while some sort of restoration is contemplated. 

Actually, maybe they should encourage more people to come and start pulling the Dalmation toadflax and knapweed that will soon be sprouting.

The building of the road is a tragedy in itself, but it helps bring out how ignorant the general public is about natural places.

For example, some people are saying, well, as long as somebody screwed up and built an illegal road, maybe we should leave it be, maybe pave it, and make it an accessible route to the bluff. 

Nevermind that the road threatens the slope above Hangman Creek, is a violation of state laws barring encroachment on streams, is an inroad for invasive species, is an intrusion on natural area values ,and much more.

Meanwhile, one reader who emailed the photo says we should focus on what to name the new illegal road:

Bluff Boulevard? Bulldozer Boulevard? Interstate First Tee? Parks and Desecration Street? Trail of Tears?

What do you think?




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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