All true, but it was a decades-long slog to get where we are, and while there was a lot of hard work, strategy and coalition-building, there was also a decent amount of luck and good timing. We're now at the point where our community can apply a lot of pressure both politically and from a PR standpoint, but at the end of the day the land managers really do hold all the cards even in WA. And all the yahoos moving up here thinking they can just build whatever the hell they want anywhere they want (and no sh*t, I'm talking about poaching in the middle of Duthie) aren't doing any of the rest of us any favors.The 800lb gorilla though is all the land managers and municipalities that refuse to try and accommodate any kind of challenging riding. It leads to a lot of the illegal trails. And then you get into the argument about should you just build said trails and hope they get incorporated one day, or not build the trails and just "enjoy" the flat stuff, or just move to someplace where "they actually get it", like WA state?
I've also been building both unauthorized and legal trails for a long time, and while I'm glad that I don't have to hide in the bushes at night with a chainsaw anymore I still put a lot of time into understanding the context I'm working in before putting a shovel in the dirt.