Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2000:
Subject: Donations

September 3, 2000

Terri Alvillar

P.O. Box 1014

Fairfax, CA 94978

Via Email and First Class Mail

Board of Directors

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

330 Distel Circle

Los Altos, CA 94022-1404

Re: Lost Donations

Dear Members of the Board:

Enclosed please find my donation in the amount of $100. I am sending this because it was published that the Western Wheelers have decided to withdraw their annual contribution (in the same amount) because of your "recent negative action on the trails issue." I am one of many who think your action was a positive one.

Your decision to close seven preserves to mountain bicycling will save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in costs for administration, enforcement, trail repair and restoration, signage, and rescue operations for medical aid. The value of your decision in terms of protecting wildlife, and maintaining a tension-free atmosphere for visitors engaging in passive, low-impact activities, is incalculable. Your decision lessens the regional impact for all jurisdictions, as pedestrians who are continually being driven away from areas which allow mountain bicycling seek safe places to enjoy nature.

Your courage to make this controversial decision is very much appreciated. If the district loses other contributions for the same reason, I would appreciate being informed so that replacement funding can be provided.

Very truly yours,

Terri Alvillar