Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Roadless Legal Update - New Brief Filed

As some of you already know, the BlueRibbon Coalition issued a news release yesterday with an update on our roadless legal fight in the 10th District Court of Appeals. There is a link in the news release to BRC et al’s amici curiae brief (a good read/overview)

BRC News Release on Roadless with link to brief

The BRC and partners have been in court for the better part of a decade challenging the legal efforts of anti-OHV groups to have some version of the Clinton-Gore Roadless Rule imposed throughout the West including California.

Folks have asked The General, “Does our side ever win any of these legal battles and will the anti-OHV groups ever go away?” The answer to the first part of the question is a resounding YES!

See Overview of BRC et al’s 2001 Legal Challenge to the Roadless Rule

Side note: For those of you following TMR in CA, you will find it more than interesting that the Shasta Trinity National Forest (yes, THAT Forest with currently the most hostile OHV travel proposal so far in CA) was the Forest that played a key role in our legal victory in the Judge Lodge decision (the Forest is mentioned in the above article)

The answer to the second part of the question is an equally (albeit discouraging) strong NO!

As we face ongoing and future legal and administrative roadblocks thrown at us by anti-OHV groups it will be important for those of you new to the fight to understand that we must be just, if not more, determined to defend our form of recreation and access to public lands.

Based on the conversations The General had with riders at the Carnegie Rally - you understand the import of that commitment.

Thanks for your service!


  1. We are CARNEGIE!
    In a way, I'm glad this happened at Carnegie. As someone new to the fight, the lawsuit at Carnegie has really opened my eyes to ALL the battles going on around us, and for that, I am actually grateful. It feels like all the people that have been in the trenches so long were in dire need of some reinforcements to come along. So here we are! Lead on General. We have not yet begun to fight!

  2. EUC,

    Thanks again for joining the access army. You are correct. Those of us that have been in the battle for a long time have been in dire need of fresh troops.