You've gotta be f*&%ing kidding me...

The Marin Independent Journal posted an article Thursday regarding a consultancy firm hired to argue why an environmental impact study was not necessary for the 2.9 mile "Metallica Fence" bypass trail on Loma Alta. Sounds sane to me: land that has been used for cattle grazing for over 50 years, bulldozed annually to build/maintain fire roads, hiked and biked on a daily basis, but nonetheless quite well preserved, is not likely to be impacted by the addition of a brief section of singletrack, which closely resembles the deer paths everywhere up there except, unlike deer paths, it will be designed to mitigate erosion effects.

No environmental impact study necessary? Sounds great. It's not like we're digging an oil well here. All those in favor of building the trail, vote Aye! OK. Let's get some NORBA volunteers and other mountain biking advocacy groups up here to build it for us. Get out and ride. Next order of business?

That sounds too rational and easy. These are government officials and environmentalists we're talking about here. Not only did we already spend $25,000 to hire a consultancy firm to address the concerns of the environmentalists, but they now are requesting an additional $11,680 because they had more feedback to respond to than initially expected. And now there's some question as to whether or not the spotted owls might be impacted. I don't think I've ever crashed my bike into a bird, of any type, let alone an endangered one that doesn't even live in Marin.

You've gotta be fucking kidding me...