Western Governors, Representative Jay Inslee and other elected officials seek to restore President Clinton’s illegal Roadless Rule in western states and beyond - SAWS Editorial
(Note: This is an Excellent editorial and succinctly states the reasons we must ALL Get Involved and Stop this Control Plan. It's hard to say NIMBY -- "Not In My Back Yard" -- after the SCOTUS [Supreme Court of the United States] decision on June 23, 2005, that proved, "YES; it Can Happen in Your Back Yard, and Will Happen if You don't Get Involved! Kelo v. New London was about our homes; this is about our places to vacation and travel. Rest assured that Roadless and Wilderness designations do, in fact, hamper and impair your freedom to travel, just as they hamstring efforts to put out fires and other emergency services. Writing comment letters becomes easy after reading what Dave Hurwitz has written, because he provides all the material you need, and a way to word your comments so they have the greatest effect. An old saying comes to mind: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." If, after reading the below, you still need convincing, look here for the official government proof: http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=chartResults&charttype =acreagebyagency)
November 5, 2005
By Dave Hurwitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Snowmobile Alliance of Western States
What a big surprise; Washington Governor Christine Gregoire recently submits a request to the Department of Agriculture to revive Clinton’s illegal Roadless Rule for Washington State forest lands.
is after both California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oregon
Governor Ted Kulongoski previously filed suit to bring back the old
that isn't bad enough, Representative Jay Inslee had already
introduced a bill (HR3563) in the House of Representatives that would
As I have previously written, the so-called roadless areas of today could become our new wilderness areas of tomorrow; areas where we would eventually be banned from riding our snowmobiles.
of these places contain some of our favorite riding areas.
Only the areas designated as non-primitive would have remained open for motorized recreation, and the non-primitive classified areas were in the minority.
This would have literally turned the primitive and semi-primitive areas into de-facto wilderness areas.
is why U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled, in July 2003, that
the 58.5 million acres of roadless areas nationwide was a "thinly
veiled attempt to designate 'wilderness areas' in violation of the
clear and unambiguous process established by the Wilderness Act."
the outcome of these Governors and Rep. Inslee’s attempt to restrict
our access to our national forests, the Forest Plan Revisions (FPR)
throughout the western
My opinion for many years now has been that the forest service will attempt to convert many of these roadless areas into Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWAs) during their next FPR process, even without the help of our elected officials.
Refer to my article in the July 2005 issue of the BlueRibbon Coalition magazine titled "The Common Thread - Forest Plan Revisions and so-called Wilderness Areas" (http://www.sharetrails.org/magazine.cfm?story=646).
think it won't happen? It is already happening; recall all of the
proposed closures in
This plan even goes so far as to treat the RWAs as de-facto wilderness, and closes these areas to motorized use -- even without the required congressional approval.
what about the
These 3 forests contain more than 1 million acres of so-called Roadless areas (http://www.snowmobile-alliance.org/uploads/SAWS_Action_Alert_-
much Roadless will be recommended for wilderness in these final plans?
I hope that you have submitted comment letters on all of the proposed
closures that SAWS has informed you about throughout the last year or
With 14.8 million acres of roadless in Alaska, 4.4 million acres in California, 4.4 million acres in Colorado, 9.3 million acres in Idaho, 2 million acres in Oregon, 6.4 million acres in Montana, 3.2 million acres in Nevada, 4.0 million acres in Utah, 2 million acres in Washington, and a total of 58.5 million acres across the United States (http://roadless.fs.fed.us/), we certainly have plenty to lose if these [additional] areas become off-limits to snowmobiling and other forms of multiple-use recreation.
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To protect inventoried roadless
areas in the National Forest System. This bill was referred to the
Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on
Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker,
in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the
jurisdiction of the committee concerned
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