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Recreationists Join Effort To Bring Roadless Rule To The High Court

June 19, 2012 9:25 PM
Recreationists Join Effort To Bring Roadless Rule To The High Court

Recreationists join effort to bring Roadless Rule to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C.(June 19) -- Recreation advocates yesterday submitted an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.  The brief was submitted in support of two petitions asking the Court to review the Clinton-Gore 2001 Roadless Rule. 

The BlueRibbon Coalition joined forces in its "friend of the court" filing with the California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs and the American Forest Resource Council.  The underlying petitions were filed by the State of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association to seek review of the decision in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which reinstated the 2001 Rule.  The decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the previous decision of the U.S. District of Wyoming which had found the Rule illegal. 

"This fight has been going on for over a decade.  BlueRibbon and Cal4 have been involved in every facet of the Roadless litigation since the beginning, and we are resolved to stay that course," observed BlueRibbon Public Lands Policy Director Brian Hawthorne.  "We believe the Wyoming court correctly noted the legal flaws in the 2001 Rule.  We also believe that the U.S. Forest Service needs to address "roadless area" management through local planning, not through politically driven-one-size-fits-all-templates created in the White House," Hawthorne concluded.

It is anticipated that an array of states and private interest groups will support the petitions and join in asking the High Court to grant review.

The Supreme Court will conclude its present term in June 2012.  Responses to the Roadless petitions are not due until mid-July, so the Court will apparently decide whether or not to grant review when its next term begins in September 2012.  Obtaining review is a daunting task.  In recent years nearly 1,600 petitions have been filed each term, with the Court issuing 80 or fewer opinions per term.

To see a copy of the BlueRibbon, Cal4, AFRC amici curiae brief click HERE.

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The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs is a California nonprofit organization actively promoting conservation and responsible vehicle-oriented recreation.  The Association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. 1-800-4x4-FUNN.

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib -

May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains

BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today slammed recent decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
Associated Image

MISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) --Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S.

November 23, 2015 10:38 AM

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/ joined with other recreation groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.

The letter addressed to BLM serves as formal comments from OHV stakeholders.  It also represents an effort between motorized and non-motorized recreation groups working together for the protection of outdoor recreation resources on public lands.

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