Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Praise for Minden Canoe Trail Article

Dear Editor

I read Angel Haney's Canoe Trail article and I am most impressed with her ability to get true and complete facts upon paper where most of us can comprehend them.

Haney's words are of great importance and a great thing indeed and should help our parish government and it's residents and landowners to make informed decisions. Needless liability concerns at times have directly caused our Police Jury and others to just say "no" concerning important traditional use of Webster Parish's unique and valuable natural resources.

The Canoe Trail upon Bayou Dorcheat is a great idea of historical proportion that will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to view firsthand some of God's greatest handiwork. The Canoe Trail will follow the same route as canoe trails of centuries ago. People who canoe are appreciative, influential, friendly, energetic, and are very informed. Trust me, early on we had to pass their "test" to get this far with the project. The future preservation of Bayou Dorcheat may actually depend upon these "river watchers" and the respective property owners as well. In the early 1920's Bayou Dorcheat was completely fishless, all killed by salt water and chemicals. A visionary group of persistent folks brought it from ruin. Their work has benefitted my family, my friends, and my community.

Lane Merritt






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