Holy shit! I need to vent and my ultra conservative family is on Facebook. So, I can't express how utterly ****** pissed off I am on Facebook without causing a family controversy. (Plus, I currently hold a good status vs. my siblings).
Some of you are aware that I have a cooperative agreement with the Conservation Department regarding new trail building and maintenance. So, I'm "in the loop" regarding any trail building. At the Saturday group ride, I was informed about someone building a new trail in the conservation area. A description of the people were even given. It actually sounded like one of the neighboring property owners that has made several demands about anyone building a trail near his property!
I went down there to check it out today. It was flagged, blown off, and some of it looked almost ready to ride. I actually thought someone else may have entered an agreement prior to my arrival on site. BUT, one of the restrictions to what I was told I could build there was not having trail visible from the road, to reduce 4 wheeler traffic. In the brief section that I reclaimated with extreme prejudice, there were 5 access points from the road and almost the entire trail was visible. So, I know they don't have approval. For this exact spot, I am even required to have routes pre-approved by the area manager prior to construction. But it gets deeper.
I was given restrictions for this exact area that we could not get within eyesight of a next door neighbor's property line. The trail I am currently building can't go near a waterfall that is shared by said neighbor. Several ideas have been shot down because of their agreement. Large beautiful places for trail are off limits because of him. And the description given to me yesterday sounded just like him! When I was reclaimating today, I parked not too far from his property line and worked my way away from it. When I was done for the day, I drove away from his property and saw his vehicle parked near the working end of the trail! I even went to talk with that ****** when I signed the agreement to assure him that I would honor his wishes with the Area Manager and not build trails near his line.
I was/am so ****** angry. I've rerouted multiple times to respect that mother ******'s wishes and he violates multiple Conservation Department regulations. The perfect spot for the new trailhead, down there, is right by his property. It's even perfect for emergency responders to get access to the gnarliest sections I have planned. I already informed the area manager and both Conservation agents to report it and the info about who is doing it.
If that ass hole is doing this, I think we should be able to visit the waterfall. We should have the easiest access for emergency responders available for all of us. And that mother ****** won't have any more say in what the Conservation Department can do with their own damn public ****** land!
Can you dig it? I do.