Shameless Self Promotion Department Del and Stacie Albright are hosting a unique and fun way to raise awareness and support for BRC's efforts. Check it out: JOIN US for the fun, the adventure and the landuse! http://blogs.4wheeloffroad.com/6757210/off-road-events/trail-access-part... More shameless promotion....This time we're shamelessly promoting the website update over at California Association of 4WD Clubs (a.k.a "Cal 4 wheel") http://www.cal4wheel.com/ First... the good news:
Shameless Self Promotion Department
More shameless promotion....This time we're shamelessly promoting the website update over at California Association of 4WD Clubs (a.k.a "Cal 4 wheel")
First... the good news:
Now, the bad news:
In April of 2010 BRC, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and Montana user groups were celebrating a landmark legal victory in a lawsuit challenging the Lewis and Clark National Forest (LCNF) 2007 Travel Management Plan.
A federal court in Montana agreed with our claims that the LCNF violated federal law. The central theme of the decision was that the Plan was more restrictive than any of the alternatives vetted during the public review process. The Court found that the Forest's final decision "reduced total motorized routes by nearly thirty percent from the most restrictive Draft EIS alternative. It also closed several routes which were not identified for closure in any DEIS alternative."
The Court also struck down the agency's treatment of off-route travel for dispersed camping. The Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) portrayed as an element common to every alternative a 300-foot-wide allowance, which was already in place in the Forest since 2001. In the Final EIS, and thus without the opportunity for further public input, this was altered to a "vehicle-plus-trailer-length" allowance in every alternative.
Sadly, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed that ruling finding the U.S. Forest Service did not violate the law when it strayed beyond the range of alternatives proposed in a draft environmental impact statement, as long as the plan differed in only minor ways from one of the alternatives and was “somewhere within” the range of alternatives proposed.
I don't want to say too much about this because BRC and the other recreational groups are evaluating our options. Needless to say... stay tuned!
Read about the decision:
Little Belt travel plan restricting vehicles ruling upheld
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From Eugene Oregon's registerguard.com
Elko County officials seek hearing on Forest Service's travel management plan