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Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, Jun 15, 2000.

  1. mudfanatic

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    It looks like someone if finally willing to stand up and fight for their
    RS2477 Right-of-way!

    -----Original Message-----

    RE: Copy of: News Release-Coalitions Fight Sequoia Trail Closures

    BLUE RIBBON COALITION, INC.
    1540 N. Arthur Blvd.
    Pocatello, ID 83204
    208.233.6570 * FAX 208.233.8906

    NEWS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Don Amador
    PHONE: 925.625.6287 Office
    DATE: June 8, 2000

    COALITIONS USE 1866 MINING ACT TO PROTECT JEEP
    TRAILS IN SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT

    OAKLEY, CA - A number of national and state multiple-use coalitions are
    preparing to file a RS 2477
    rights-of-way assertion on the Sequoia National Forest including lands
    proclaimed by the Clinton/Gore
    administration as a National Monument. This action is expected to protect
    some of the existing recreational
    Jeep travelways and off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails that have been
    targeted for closure by the administration.

    The Blue Ribbon Coalition is working with the Fresno-based SAMS Coalition,
    and the High Desert Multiple-Use
    Coalition in Ridgcrest, CA. Other groups have expressed a desire to sign
    onto this assertion including a chapter of
    the California Nevada Snowmobile Association.

    The Mining Act of 1866 created or acknowledged a number of rights-of-way
    and property rights in local
    governments and private individuals, none of which required any approval or
    other affirmative action from any
    federal agency to become vested. It has been recognized that the Forest
    Service does not have any authority to
    control or affect RS 2477 rights-of-way.

    Don Amador, the western representative for the Coalition, says, "We are in
    the process of reviewing various
    maps and other historical documents that show public travelways that
    existed prior to the creation of the
    Sequoia National Forest. I expect we will have a formal assertion ready to
    present to Art Gaffery, the forest
    supervisor, on June 15, 2000."

    "If president Clinton can use an 'old law,' the 1906 Antiquities Act, to
    close existing legal four-wheel drive
    travelways, OHV trails, and snowmobile opportunities, then I believe the
    multiple-use community can use the
    Mining Act of 1866 to protect our right to enjoy responsible motorized
    recreation in our national forests."

    "While I don't expect that this assertion will protect all of the current
    recreational trail system, it is possible that
    some OHV trails currently closed may be reopened by this action," Amador
    concludes.

    - 30 -

    The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national non-profit recreation group that
    champions responsible multiple-use of
    public lands. It represents over 850 organizations and businesses with
    600,000 members.

    <font color=red>get involved with land issues or lose the land</font color=red>
     

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