Go ahead, close Wildcat Road

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To the editor:
While raising funds for my kids’ team, I’ve had the opportunity to see the best that Anderson County has to offer, as well as some of the worst.
As part of a grant secured by the county, we participated in 11 miles of road clean up. This was a great opportunity for us to give back to the community and earn much-needed funds in the process.
We were fortunate enough to receive what I believe to be two of the most scenic roads in Anderson County. We cleaned a 4.3-mile stretch on Gilbert’s Creek Road. Wow! What a naturally beautiful area.
And it’s clearly an area that residents take pride in because, once we got past the first mile or so, there was limited trash to clean up.  
Beautiful streams led straight to the Kentucky River and we spent several hours on a beautiful day cleaning up and enjoying the scenery.
Another, equally beautiful road that we cleaned up was Wildcat Road. The paved portion of the road was well maintained for the most part; residents obviously take pride there as well. However, the gravel portion of the road brought tears to my eyes.
We cleaned it up shortly after it had rained and there were waterfalls coming through the natural rock gardens, spilling their water over the moss and into the creek.   
Early spring blossoms were peaking their way through the moist soil and our first butterfly of the season was seen gliding through the forest.
The photos only hint at the beauty of the area. But, there are numerous scars in the landscape.
The articles in the paper have highlighted the large couches and hot tubs and such, carelessly thrown over the edge.
That is disturbing. But, what hurts me even more are the bags, upon bags, upon bags, of personal trash thrown over the cliff, aimed at the creek.
Not all the bags reached their destinations and hang perilously in trees, along the cliff, and just a few remained at the top.
We cleaned what we could at the top — bags full of dirty diapers and regular household trash.
This trash was aimed at the creek that leads directly to the Kentucky River, where my drinking water comes from.
And yours.
And the water of the family who is dumping their dirty diapers and other trash into it.
Try as I might, I can’t get into the mind that thinks this is OK. Perhaps it’s an attempt as saving money? Maybe they can’t afford trash service? I don’t know. I wish I did, because that would help in coming up with a solution to this problem that affects us all.
I would definitely support closing that section of the road to automobile traffic, except in the case of flooding where officers could open it back up to vehicle traffic.
I do think it’s an area that is a real treasure for  our county and one that invites afternoon strolls on beautiful days … or it will, once we figure out how to clean it up and keep and prevent it from getting trashed again.
Kelli Gowan