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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Logging has ruined Riverside Trail

'It is with immense sadness that I will not be returning to what was once a truly magical place.'
L-WHISTLER RIVERSIDE TRAIL LOGGING 28.17 BY CLARE OGILVIE IMG_4756
Whistler's Riverside Trail along the Cheakamus River has been rendered unrecognizable after trees were chopped down, writes one local.

The Riverside Trail along the Cheakamus River has been a special place for the 20-plus years that my family and I have called Whistler home.

Every spring I cannot wait for the snow to melt enough to get back on the trails. What I witnessed there two days ago absolutely stunned me and broke my heart.

The seemingly thoughtless devastation in the name of firesmarting has transformed Riverside into an unrecognizable area.

I understand the need to FireSmart, but is it not possible to re-think the process when it is that close to our wonderful trail systems?
It is with immense sadness that I will not be returning to what was once a truly magical place.

Elaine Rempel // Whistler