August 27, 2008 · Updated 7:55 PM
Do we really need another motocross track in Washington state? A five-minute Internet search brought to my attention that there are currently over 14 official motocross racing facilities and over 30 designated MX/ORV trails or parks in our fair state.
I do not really see the need to deface over 400 acres along the Mountain Loop highway the disruption from clearing the timber along with the negative effects of human-generated noise on wildlife that now lives and survives on that parcel of land, polluting the air with carbon monoxide, plus the amplified noise of hundreds of dirt bikes ricocheting throughout the amphitheater of mountains. We air breathers need to do all we can to preserve the 38 percent of natural forestland left in the Northern Hemisphere. There are enough places to ride, race, jump and make all the noise you want readily available out there.
I dont think in this day and age of families rushing around, anyone would object to spending a few more minutes of focused quality time with your family driving to one of these already designated MX/ORV areas. So pack up the SUV, load up your dirt bikes or ATVs, pile the kids in along with the family dog and head out to one of the already existing tracks, trails or parks for a fun-filled day of quality time together.
Lets leave the Mountain Loop alone and preserve the green jewel of Snohomish County.