Trails in Jeopardy!

Les gave me a new crusade this morning.  In the Sunday edition of the Saint Augustine Record there was a letter to the editor that made my blood boil.  The title was SPEAK UP TO PROTECT LANDS PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS.  It was written by someone who appears to know what they are talking about too – Sarah Owen Gledhill from the Florida Wildlife Federation.

The basic point is that we might lose these lands which allow the common man access to fish, hunt, swim, hike and of course, horseback ride.  Not only am I outraged that my backyard might be taken away from me (which was one of the selling points of my house) but I’m afraid that this might be the first step to take away undeveloped land away for good.

Please fight for what we taxpayers have already paid for – for ourselves as well as generations to come that may never have a chance to see deer, wild turkeys, hawks, and yes, even alligators and snakes in their natural setting.  I have been fortunate to see all of these animals and evidence of so many more by enjoying the public lands.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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