To my knowledge there is no guarantee that the trail will be reopened if that is accomplished, plus it is going to cost a ton of money to get enough rails to do both sides of that trail. I hope the trail does get reopened, but based on past trail closures it is gone for good...
Actually, I'll disagree: there is
a guarantee that it won't get reopened, and that's if people don't do anything. I hope
it gets reopened as well, but - and please
don't take this as a slam in your direction, because it isn't - I'm not going to expect ANYTHING to happen if all I do is sit around hoping for the best. Example: I really hope that I have some fabbed 9's under my rig one day...but unless I do something to make that happen, it won't.
I'm not really up on the details of all of this, but to the best of my current understanding the Forest Service has said that it's in the hands of the OHV crowd to do the work that's required to keep the trails open. If we want a place to play we're going to have to work to make one and keep it available. That might not seem fair or right or proper or easy, but it's how things are because the FS has laid down the law.
You've got a good point in that it'll take a lot of time and effort and that there's no guarantee that it will work...but that's pretty much par for the course for every single aspect of this hobby that we all enjoy so much. To that end, I'm going to do my research on the matter over the weekend and start making phone calls on Monday. I hope I'm not the only one that does so, and that has the motivation to get out there and work so that we can ALL enjoy the place a bit more.