July 23, 2010
The Agate Creek Trail, on Humble Ranch property near a gate to Emerald Mountain State Wildlife Area, offers a view of the valley that relatively few have seen — public access to adjoining trails is closed and likely will not open in the near future, according to statements by Humble Ranch owner Ed Trousil to lawyers in November 2008.
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Purchase involved numerous entities, unfulfilled plans
After a land purchase boosted by $950,000 in public funding and despite revenues from 16 lots created through a public land preservation process, Ed Trousil cited a lack of money as a potential reason for not building a cabin that would increase public access to trails on his property on the south side of Emerald Mountain.