"I cut down many of the trees on Meow Mix in 2005, something for which I still feel ashamed, but what was I suppossed to do, quit my trails job. I fully agree with Mr. Power that any ecological damage caused by the original Meow Mix trail is dwarfed by the impacts from the Lolo N.F.' efforts to close the trail. "
Don't be ashamed. All one has to do is open a sattelite view on Google Maps and there are much greater damages being inflicted by others who simply have deep pockets. This dialogue has made me grow quite weary. I'm from missoula and my Dad and brothers rode the rattlesnake every day on their dirt bikes without issue. Seriously people there are millions of acres of forested land and a trail affects such a small percentage that I give serious kudos to those who are willing to break their back creating new trails. This new mentality that we were never supposed to use the land that is available to us, but rather leave it to timber companies and mining operations to rape and pillage drives me crazy. Stop hugging trees and use them. Stop tearing up artwork that many man hours went into creating and use your resources to plan more recreational opportunities.
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