Yup... but that goes both ways. El Dorado County's recent resolution stings in some ways, but further solidifies the public's claim to continued access to Rubicon, building upon their previous actions reaffirming road status as a non-maintained public road in 1989, declaring the road public in 1887, surveying the road back in 1856. In 2006, Placer County made similar claim for the public, and that's the one single solitary thing that allows trail use during the winter, when the Forests close every other dirt road that they control.
County Supervisors do indeed have a lot of power -- and that can work for OHV or against OHV, which is why I worked so hard to make RTF politically active when I was president, and why Del Albright built County representation into RTF when he first roughed up the bylaws.
I'd rather be 'wheeling... but politics is NECESSARY, as well. Hell, I'd rather have a solitary experience on Rubicon... but increased population makes enforcement necessary, as well. Sometimes i mourn the politics/popularity fo the hobby, but better popularity can help politically, as well. Damn, it is WAY too early in the morning to be this contemplative!
hey old man, clear out ur PM box-- want to send you a message but its full... sheesh...