Legal Action Update, October 2006

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Fund for Animals v. Norton II & ISMA/BRC v. Norton (US District Court - DC, DC Circuit Court, US District Court - Wyoming & 10th Circuit). Status reports are due on September 15, 2006, before the Honorable Emmett Sullivan updating Congressional activities and progress on the Parks winter use planning process. BlueRibbon and its co-parties are continuing their efforts to neutralize the anti-access interests' attempts to argue that the newly-adopted Park Service Management Policies should somehow be interpreted to preclude snowmobile access to the Parks.

Center for Biological Diversity v. BLM/USFWS (US District Court - Northern California). The parties' positions on remedy remain under advisement with the Court. The Center for Biological Diversity recently filed a new action challenging BLM management and OHV access in the Western Mojave (WEMO) planning area and have filed a "related case motion" contending that the new matter may be related under applicable local rule to the pending case.

CBD & California Native Plant Society v. BLM (US District Court - Northern California). No change - This matter has been concluded as a result of the stipulation dismissing Plaintiffs' claims. No restrictions on OHV access were ever imposed as a direct result of this litigation.

Defenders of Wildlife v. Martin (US District Court - Eastern Washington). A hearing was held in this matter on September 7, 2006, on pending motions for summary judgment and the Plaintiffs' "Second Motion for Injunctive Relief." Prior to the hearing, the ISSA/BRC et al intervenors entered a stipulation dismissing their cross-claims against the Forest Service, which acknowledged that the primary goal of the cross-claims was achieved through the Forest Service's commencement of a new winter recreation planning process. This process will address all matters at issue in this litigation, including the propriety of the existing Selkirk Crest snowmobile closure. The Court has taken the remaining motions under advisement, indicated that a decision would be issued "shortly" and that any remedy sought by Plaintiffs will likely require further proceedings.

Friends of the Earth/Bluewater v. US Dept. of Interior/National Parks Service (US District Court - DC). Briefing is nearly completed on renewed motions to dismiss this case for lack of jurisdiction.

Roadless Lawsuits (States of CA, OR, NM & The Wilderness Society et al. v. US Forest Service & US Dept. of Agric.) (US District Court - Northern California). This matter remains under advisement following the August 1, 2006, hearing on motions for summary judgment. On August 7, 2006, the Court requested further submissions from the parties on several specific legal and factual questions. The BlueRibbon et al. intervenor group submitted a response on September 1, 2006.

October 8, 2015 3:31 PM
(BRC Western Representative)

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) dueling plans in Southern California to have Congress pass legislation that includes Wilderness designations and statutory protection for 5 OHV areas vs. having the President designate 1 million acres as a National Monument sans the OHV component is a good example of a new land-use paradigm called the National Monument Express.

September 21, 2015 10:33 AM

The BlueRibbon Coalition/ 2015 Board of Directors Election is here! This year's board election include one current board member running for re-election and two new board members running to fill seats left vacant by retiring board members.

Current board member William Kaeppner will be running for re-election. Two new candidates will be vying for two of the seats made available by departing board members Dan Thomas and Chad Booth. These candidates are: Rebecca Antle and Mark Kincart.

September 4, 2015 2:41 PM

UPDATE: Online voting is now open! If you are a BRC member in good standing, visit to cast your vote today! (online voting closes at 4:00 p.m. on October 30, 2015).

August 20, 2015 1:03 PM
(BRC Ambassador)
August 7, 2015 11:46 AM
(Executive Director)
July 15, 2015 9:00 AM
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