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I just found this, we still can't give up this is only the beginning

Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, May 18, 2000.

  1. mudfanatic

    mudfanatic 1/2 ton status

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    I just found this, we still can\'t give up this is only the beginning

    UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS FORCES U.S.
    FOREST SERVICE TO SETTLE OUT OF COURT

    United Four Wheel Drive Associations, the nation's leading representative of four
    wheel drive enthusiasts, has compelled the Federal Government to sign a
    settlement agreement prohibiting the US Forest Service from categorically closing
    roads or using the term "unroaded" in establishing roadless areas for Wilderness
    designation.

    "Under the terms of the settlement agreement the Forest Service is banned from
    using the Road Moratorium to close a single mile of road", stated Carla Boucher,
    author of the agreement and nationally recognized attorney for United. "United
    obtained evidence that many, if not all, of the national forests were using the
    Temporary Road Moratorium to create de facto wilderness areas as part of
    forest planning", stated Boucher, who predicted in early 1998 that this was the
    plan of the Forest Service all along. "This agreement prevents the creation of de
    facto wilderness, protecting nearly 347,000 miles of access for motorized
    recreationists", remarked Boucher.

    For more information about the settlement agreement contact United by emailing
    Carla Boucher ccboucher@home.net

    The following are the terms of the settlement:
    The Forest Service is not allowed to use the Temporary Road
    Moratorium to close roads.

    The Forest Service is not allowed to use the Temporary Road
    Moratorium to create de facto wilderness areas as part of forest planning.

    The Forest Service will not be allowed to suspend planned construction or
    maintenance of motorized trails that are over 50 inches in width, even in
    Roadless areas or unroaded areas.

    The Forest Service will not be allowed to suspend planned construction or
    maintenance of motorized trails that are under 50 inches in width, even in
    Roadless areas or unroaded areas.

    The Forest Service is not allowed to use the terminology and definitions
    of road, classified road, unclassified road, or unroaded in forest planning,
    project implementation outside Roadless areas, or for road obliteration or
    closure purposes until the Forest Service subjects the definitions to public
    comment.

    The Forest Service must respond within 30 days to United's request for
    repeal which was filed on March 23, 1999.

    The Forest Service must pay United's attorneys fees.

    As a result of United's settlement, the Forest Service has amended the
    proposed definition for road, classified road, and unclassified road in its
    Transportation Policy.

    As a result of United's settlement, the public has been given an
    opportunity to comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared
    with the Transportation Policy proposed rule. This opportunity to
    comment was denied the public during the Temporary Road Moratorium.


    Back to UFWDA.org

    <font color=red>get involved with land issues or lose the land</font color=red>
     
  2. CBLAZER81

    CBLAZER81 1/2 ton status

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    Re: I just found this, we still can\'t give up this is only the beginning

    BEEE-YOUU-T-FUL!

    <font color=red>Wanna'keep wheelin? Get involved!
    Check the "Land Use" section of this board.</font color=red>
     
  3. Brady

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    Re: I just found this, we still can\'t give up this is only the beginning

    The forest service is trying to put in place some roadless areas in western CO.I need to get more info. on this only read one article.But this is a big step for outdoor recreationalists.Brady
     

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