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By Kevin Gorman

Trail controversy ignores reality

Letter to the Community


To the Editor:

Controversy over a proposed trail into Lyle seems to have little to do with trails or reality. Here are the facts regarding Friends of the Columbia Gorge, trails and proposed trails, and our property.

Our property is adjacent to Lyle and has a permitted hiking trail open to the public. It is also home to the famous “Lyle” sign.

Though the property qualifies for a tax exemption or reduced taxes, our land trust has paid the full property taxes over the years to support the community. We also have no plans to sell the land to an agency.

Loss of property tax from new trails has been the main issue championed by lead opponent Oren Johnson, which is ironic considering Johnso...

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