Saving The Hastain Trail of Franklin Canyon
Friends of the Hastain Trail have progressed as of January 2013 from stopping a bulldozer in February 2011 to winning a lawsuit in September 2012. Some refer to this as a 'David and Goliath' story but it is not over ... John Muir wrote that 'Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul.'
Muir's words gave me the courage to stand in front of a bulldozer. There was not time to find out if the bulldozing and grading of the land was legal. There was not time for red tape or bureaucracy because the hill was disappearing. I had to get my body in front of the thing that was destroying the trail, the land.
Amazingly I was not hauled off to jail or fined. In fact the owner of the land was grading illegally on expired permits and 'in fact' it turns out that land that was hiked continuously for 5 consecutive years prior to 1972 is protected and the Hastain Trail falls into this category. The Hastain Trail has been hiked continuously for the last 50+ years.
The present situation being that we have won the lawsuit to save this land has not stopped the owner of the land, Mohammad Hadid, from appealing the decision. It is important to note here that Hadid has been approached by individuals and entities wishing to purchase the land at the amount that he has invested in the property in order to preserve this trail for hikers but Mr. Hadid continues to look for ways to build.