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By Andrew Christiansen

Meeting in Lyle sparks heated comment on trail plan



MISMEETING OF MINDS: Perspectives clashed Tuesday night at a meeting in Lyle of citizens concerned about possible erosion of Lyle's tax base from proposed plans for trails.

A large crowd filled the Lions' meeting room in Lyle last week for what was to be an informational meeting. What transpired was more of a venting of distrust, anger, and mostly opposition toward the Friends of the Columbia Gorge (FOCG) and what the crowd was led to believe was a plan to remove private land from the Lyle tax base.

The meeting was moderated and orderly, but the message and reaction was decidedly one-sided. The audience heard Oren Johnson's perspective of a plan by the FOCG, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to develop trails on property north and east of Lyle. Johnson learned about planning meetings among...

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