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 daveh-wa@snowmobile-alliance.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.

 

This is after both California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski previously filed suit to bring back the old Clinton plan released just as he left office in early 2001.

 

If that isn't bad enough, Representative Jay Inslee had already introduced a bill (HR3563) in the House of Representatives that would enact Clinton ’s Roadless Rule for all of the so-called roadless areas throughout all national forests across the United States .

 

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.

 

Many of these places contain some of our favorite riding areas.

 

Clinton 's original Roadless Rule would have contained three classifications for recreation; primitive, semi-primitive, and non-primitive.

 

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.

 

That 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."

 

Despite 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 United States are heading in the very same direction.

 

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).

 

You think it won't happen? It is already happening; recall all of the proposed closures in Montana during some of their FPRs such as the recent Beaverhead – Deerlodge National Forest proposal (http://www.snowmobile-alliance.org/uploads/SAWS_Action_Alert_-_BDNF_Plan_Revision.htm).

 

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.

 

Or what about the Colville , Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests FPRs that are still in work?

 

These 3 forests contain more than 1 million acres of so-called Roadless areas (http://www.snowmobile-alliance.org/uploads/SAWS_Action_Alert_-

_Washington_State_Forest_Plan_Revisions_Fall_2004A.htm).

 

How 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 so.

 

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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Reference information and articles:

 

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3563

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

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 28, 2005

 

A BILL

To protect inventoried roadless areas in the National Forest System.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act'.

SEC . 2. NATIONAL FOREST INVENTORIED ROADLESS AREAS.

(a) Identification of Inventoried Roadless Areas- The inventoried roadless areas within the National Forest System set forth in the maps contained in the Forest Service Roadless Area Conservation, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 2, dated November 2000, shall be known and identified as National Forest Inventoried Roadless Areas. The Forest Service may modify such maps for the sole purpose of improving their accuracy or inclusiveness. Any substantial modification of such maps shall be made through the national forest management planning process and documented in an environmental impact statement.

(b) Management and Protection- The Secretary of Agriculture shall manage the National Forest Inventoried Roadless Areas identified in subsection (a) to maintain the roadless character and values of the areas in accordance with the final rule and record of decision published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2001 (66 Fed. Reg. 3244 et seq.).

 

 
 

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