The Washington Post

A senseless park plan

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The National Park Service says in its 2022 proposed Upper Beach Drive management plan that it is concerned about the proliferat­ion of unofficial trails in Rock Creek Park. These trails can damage the wildlife habitat. However, the Park Service has an inadequate strategy for the problem.

Throughout the park there is inadequate signage that distinguis­hes official trails from unofficial ones. One big cause of unofficial trails is people looking to respond to “the call of nature” in the woods because of insufficie­nt portable toilets and inadequate signs pointing to existing facilities.

The Park Service’s proposed strategy to reduce the unofficial trails by reintroduc­ing commuter traffic on Beach Drive for nine months a year makes no sense. Sending tens of thousands of vehicles up and down the Rock Creek Valley weekly makes no sense.

Eric E. Sterling, Chevy Chase

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