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To The Editor:
I would like to correct a misconception conveyed by the title of the article "Sugarbush Resort signs Mad River Path easement" in the May 22, 2008 issue of this paper. We on the Mad River Path Association (MRPA) board of directors are all dedicated to and very excited about ramping up efforts to complete the path -- and to secure trail easements with landowners as one means toward realizing this vision of a non-motorized corridor that connects Warren with Moretown along the Valley floor.
We are especially appreciative that Sugarbush has stepped up to convey the first permanent trail easement to the MRPA and we thank them for their foresight and dedication to this community. But, the process of negotiating and ironing out the details of this trail easement are not complete, as the article suggested. The MRPA looks forward to finalizing this trail easement with Sugarbush in the near future, as well as easements with other landowners along the Path who have expressed an interest in permanently protecting this vital trail corridor.
MRPA is committed to working with all of the landowners along the proposed Mad River Path route to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution that enables the completion of the Path. Opportunities include a broad spectrum of tools from simple written permission to easements recorded in the land records to the purchase of land to allow passage of the Path. All options are on the table!
Hamilton is on the MRPA Board and Landowner Outreach Committee.
Editor's Note: The story was very clear on the facts that Hamilton reiterates that Sugarbush is working with the Path Association on the easements. Nowhere in the story was it suggested that the process was complete.