Let's increase the supply of outdoors

  Dear HCN,


Writer Dyan Zaslowsky suggests that we stay home and give parks a rest (HCN, 9/16/96), which ticks me off for two reasons: If you go more than three miles on almost any trail, you are going to be alone. So the issue of parks being elbow-to-elbow with people is silly. Crowding is usually confined to parking lots, scenic overlooks and visitor centers.


More important, even if I were wrong about this applying to backcountry hiking, resting natural lands is not a proper solution to the problem of overcrowding. That is best dealt with by increasing the size and distribution of public areas. And that's a message for Capitol Hill.





Cody L. Arenz


Lincoln, Nebraska