Research that goes back 2-3 years, promoting Lance Pysher MD as the Missoula/Bitterroot's great authority on all things MTB in the region, is wholly insubstantial.
I might suggest you contact someone I know. Actually, 3-4 people I know. People who know the history first-hand, who were riding and clearing trails in Rattlesnake Nat'l Rec Area and various Bitterroot and Sapphire Mtn range areas, exist in Missoula and you only have to ask around, asking among people who have lived & ridden in the region for at least 10-15 years. This issue arose a long time before Lance Pysher moved to be Big Fish in Small Pond, med practice wise, and long before he promoted himself as the Authority on the subject.
One might ask how and why Pysher was the instigator of the lawsuit that has been filed, and why Pysher and his counsel have not contacted the people who know the history first-hand. Good lawyers do a thorough job. Average, and prone-to-lose lawyers, hear and see their client as the ultimate truth, and craft a highly biased story based upon that picture.
I don't think Pysher or his attorney have the depth and breadth of knowledge that my friends possess, and they certainly don't have the experience.
Who this "Devon O'Neil" is, I can't fathom. Apparently ol' Vernon Felton thinks he knows the region well enough to let the author "Devon" be the authority on the analysis, while derivatively letting Lance Pysher be the authority on the history, etc etc etc.
Lance Pysher has used social media to persuade people that he's some kind of outdoor hero. He publicly takes credit for stuff that I and my friends have been doing for 15+ years, while Lance just started doing it 2-3 years ago. Lance was gassing people in some urban hospital while I and my friends were building and clearing trails in the region, and battling with USFS personnel over trail access & construction & maintenance issues.
If you talk to Pysher, you get a rookie perspective pumped up by self-promotion leading to "I'm the Authority here!" arrogance.
You don't get even half the story.
Traveling and taking pictures with Pysher doesn't make the superficial non-history relevant or meaningful, either.
Felton can't bring himself to admit anyone here knows anything, because Felton is friends with The Legend of kidwoo, and The Legend has already told Felton a bunch of lies about me & my friends.
Without knowing any of us, he's done this.
Because I insulted him on the internet.
I insulted him 1x in comparison to his daily issuances of multiple insults, so I guess I deserved this defamation by The Legend.
Way to fuck it up for everyone, while making yourselves feel Superior.
--Charles F. Oxtrot, who's built more trail mileage in the region than Lance Pysher, "Devon O'Neil," Kevin Bazar, or Vernon Felton.