Letter: Public should use and claim the land at Dreyfus Estate
To the editor:
The articles in the Tahoe Daily Tribune by Claire Fortier and Emily Aughinbaugh on the Dreyfus Estate at Zephyr Cove gave, for this reader, further clarity to the disturbing July 2000 USDA report on the land exchange. (Report available on the Internet.)
I am concerned, however, that the articles may discourage people from enjoying the beautiful beaches, rock formations, paths and stream environment that are part of this addition to our Forest Service land in the basin. After clarification with both the local and regional offices of the Forest Service, a group of Round Hill, Elks Point and Marla Bay residents (along with like-minded folks from Carson Valley) take group walks on this land, have picnics with our kids, and go swimming in the clear water around the rock formations. We do this to make the point that the land belongs to the public. We don’t touch the buildings, but if it is not a building or the dog-run fence, we walk it, climb it, or swim in it. I gives us access to the other half of Zephyr Cove and the Forest Service land beyond the cove. Just remember, it is our land to protect. Walk carefully, take away only memories, and leave only footprints.
This mess was clearly created by political maneuvering. It can be ended by the politicians. All who care about the public lands in the basin should walk this land one time and then tell their elected representatives, at all levels, in both Nevada and California, what they think should be done with the land. It is time for the nonsense to end.
Joyce Y. Nolan
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