To the editor:
The Putney Woods Trail Head parking area was completed in 2006 to provide access to the trails for horseback riders, bicyclists and walkers.
The trail head area is 160 feet wide by 200 feet long to accommodate horse trailer parking for the many Whidbey Island equestrians.
The area was formally called the Goss Lake Woods, but the name was changed in honor of my late husband, Gary Putney, who died Nov. 13, 2006, from cancer caused by Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. This trail head was one of the last things he accomplished before his death. (See article by reporter Stephen Mercer in The South Whidbey Record, Wednesday, June 22, 2005).
Therefore, it was very upsetting to find a huge pile of horse poo and sawdust dumped in the parking lot recently.
To have the trail head vandalized by a horse person, for whom this large area was built, is reprehensible.
The Island County Chapter of Back Country Horseman (ICCBCHW) cleaned up the mess Tuesday, Feb 26 and hauled it away.
Over the years ICCBCHW, in collaboration with other user groups and individuals have maintained The Putney Woods trails and cleared away tons of garbage to keep this area open for the enjoyment of all non-motorized trail users.
Please report all vandalism to Island County Parks by calling 1-360-679-7331.