If you are like me, you miss the trails that have been temporarily closed at Empire Mine SHP. The good news is that State Parks plans to open new and better singletrack in the park (imagine that). I checked in with Superintendent Ron Munson and this is what he had to say:
"Cultural survey work for the Osborn Trails Mitigated Neg. Dec.(MND) has been completed by Sonoma State Univ. Spring biological surveys are in progress right now by our own N. Service Center staff. So the CEQA review process is on track, and we still expect to begin the implementation of the Osborn trail reroutes and upgrades this fall (Oct?), in keeping with proposals generated from our public meeting."
Basically this means that we will can hope to see some trail openings toward the end of this year or early next year. Of course, you should add alway add six months to my optimistic estimates :-)