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I'm pretty sure that the article is presuming a little too much. Why in hell would they drag SMART into an issue that they have no jurisdiction over or something that they have no business in running considering both the capital costs and maintenance costs.
You need to read SB-1029. This bill was signed into law by Governor Brown on 29SEP18. This bill mainly concerns itself with winding down operations at the NCRA. A committee from the state transportation dept. and the natural resources dept. will make estimates and recommendations to the legislature. As far as the trail is concerned this is a process that will take many years to complete. But again read the bill.
I'm 34... There will probably be a trail long after I die...
I'm still confused as to why we are closing an unfunded agency to open another unfunded agency. The Bill is written with very little specifics. I would think that it would be easier to redirect the NCRA to be a Rail and Trail agency. That way, nothing needs to be transferred.
I'd say the Eel River Canyon is more like Appalachia than the Wild West. We're talking "Deliverance" Country, with dope growers instead of moonshiners. Relatively few people engage in extended wilderness hiking and when they do, they don't stay in local hotels and eat at local restaurants.
I fear that the entire scheme is simply a "feel good" but "comes to nothing" move by politicians who seek to gain support from a vocal minority of wilderness recreation supporters and, at the same time, pass the buck for their abject neglect of a major infrastructure asset.