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Wyoming again strikes down Roadless Rule
And for those of you who never hear about United 4WDA, note the end of the article. They were part of this decision.
AUGUST 13, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Paul Turcke 208-331-1800; 208-861-1334
Greg Mumm 208-244-2112
WYOMING COURT STRIKES ROADLESS RULE, BLASTS FOREST SERVICE
CHEYENNE, WY (August 13) - The Clinton-Gore 2001 Roadless Rule
suffered another death in its phoenix-like existence as U.S.
District of Wyoming Judge Clarence Brimmer yesterday issued a 102
page decision declaring the Rule illegal and enjoining its
implementation throughout the U.S. Forest Service System. The
decision came in a case brought by the State of Wyoming in 2007,
which paralleled an earlier complaint filed by Wyoming in 2001.
Judge Brimmer found the Rule illegal in the first case, but the
2001 case was found to be moot and his ruling vacated on appeal,
and the 2001 Rule was reinstated in 2006 by a judge in the
Northern District of California. Brimmer's decision minces few
words, concluding the 2001 Rule "was driven by political haste
and evidenced pro forma compliance with" environmental laws,
using descriptors such as "flagrant" and "cavalier" in
characterizing the "unequivocal" violations.
"We are obviously pleased by this decision and feel that it
vindicates our position laid out over a decade ago opposing a
top-down 'one size fits all' roadless policy," said Greg Mumm,
Executive Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national
advocacy organization for trails-based recreation that has
participated in the various Roadless cases. Other recreational
groups joining BlueRibbon in the Wyoming, California and other
cases were the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs,
United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and the American Council of
"It is particularly timely that we now place the 2001 Roadless
Rule as an example of a bad idea that we should lay to rest,"
observed Paul Turcke, an attorney for the Recreational Groups.
"All Forest visitors respect and value these areas, but they are
properly managed by local officials with local input, not through
a legacy-building campaign launched and maneuvered inside the DC
beltway," Turcke concluded.
The "roadless" areas will now be protected and managed under
existing Forest Plans, or through the state-generated petitions
in some states, including Idaho and Colorado, that are being
considered, submitted for public input, and will ultimately be
adopted by the Forest Service. It is unclear how the recent
ruling will affect the numerous Forest Service actions taken
since 2006 which applied the 2001 Roadless Rule.
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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that
champions responsible use of public and private lands, and
encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents
over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and
business members, for a combined total of over 600,000
recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. www.sharetrails.org
United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international
organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs,
associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community
services around the world, education in responsible land use and
safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources
through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932. www.ufwda.org
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