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Letter — Climbing ban the right decision

To the editor:

I want to commend the Forest Service for their courageous decision to ban climbing at Cave Rock. I think the ban is a great thing for the Washoe and the least we can do to respect their heritage. For those who will undoubtedly complain, there are many other wonderful places to climb, so please respect the Washoe people and the decision of the Forest Service.

For Eric Perlman to suggest the Thursday’s Tahoe Daily Tribune article that the closing of Cave Rock to appease the Washoe represents a taking from the public in the name of religion and is an affront to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is ludicrous and selfish. Perlman has obviously forgotten that the white man forced the Washoe from their ancestral homeland, land that encompassed the entire Lake Tahoe Basin. Cultural heritage is much more important than recreation and my sincere hope is that the Forest Service decision will stand the test of litigation and respect for the Washoe culture will ultimately prevail.


Lisa Herron

South Lake Tahoe

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