COLORADO – TPA and SJTR Lead Effort on Final EIS/Draft ROD for Rico/West Dolores Travel Mgmt Project Available for Public Review
BRC National Land Use Update
January 23, 2015 11:46 AM
COLORADO – Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico-West Dolores Landscape
December 31, 2014 12:10 PM
COLORADO – Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico/West Dolores Landscape
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Recreation Enthusiasts Applaud Rico West Dolores Decisions
OHV recreation in Colorado has been under preservationist attack for decades. These groups are funded by wealthy Trusts and Foundations, and they spare no expense in their attempts to close your trails. They are ratcheting up the heat and we must forcefully respond.
Several National Forests in Colorado have finished travel planning, and thanks to Herculean efforts by OHV users across the state, most trail systems are still open. Naturally, the next step for the anti-recreation crowd is to march into federal court and demand more closures.
Currently there are two lawsuits working their way through the courts now, one on the Pike – San Isabel National Forest and the other on the San Juan National Forest.
This situation is serious. Aside from a decision closing trails, the radicals and their lawyers are hoping to establish precedent that can be applied across ALL public lands in Colorado.
Anti-access groups are hoping to set bad precedent that can be used across the state to eliminate as much OHV use as possible. We intend to vigorously defend OHV use and protect against the possibility of any “sweetheart settlement” with the federal government
Local, state and national OHV groups have crafted a coordinated strategy, including formal intervention in both of these cases. We intend to vigorously defend OHV use and guard against any potential “sweetheart settlement” between the anti-access crowd and the federal government. But litigation is not cheap, and we need to raise funds for this important legal effort.
Please donate today to the Colorado Legal Action Fund. This fund has been set up by the BlueRibbon Coalition, the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition and Colorado’s Trail Preservation Alliance. Any contributions to this fund go specifically to battle these and other future Colorado lawsuits.
The anti-access lawyers must not be allowed to have their way in federal court. Please make your generous donation today!
PS: No “war chest” currently exists to fight these lawsuits. Your donation is critical to our efforts.
Procedural Summary (Update 10-04-2012)
The anti-access Plaintiff tried to get a preliminary injunction to close 14 key motorcycle trails on or before June, 2012. The Court refused to grant the injunction, and combined the motion with the merits. Briefing was completed over the summer, and the Court has indicated that it will review the pleadings and determine whether or not to hear oral argument.
This case was filed in December, 2011 by Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to close 14 prime trails to motorized use. BRC and Colorado partners (TPA, COHVCO, PAPA and SJTR) are intervenors, with full party status, working alongside the Forest Service to defend continuing motorized use. Our defense has been a successful one at every step of the process, starting with a May, 2012 ruling that rejected CBHA’s motion for a preliminary injunction, to a March, 2013 ruling in favor of the USFS/Intervenors. CBHA has predictably appealed, with briefing before the Tenth Circuit occurring in the summer, 2014. Oral argument was just scheduled in Denver on November 21, 2014.
- #6 – Memo in Support of Motion to Intervene 01-19-12
- #9 – Response to Motion to Intervene 01-30-12
- #10 – Order Granting Motion to Intervene 02-02-12
- #26 – Brief in Support of Motion for PI 03-28-12
- #26-6 – Exhibit 6 – Declaration of Marion 03-28-12
- #33 – SJCA amicus motion 04-20-12
- #36 – Brief In Opposition to Pltfs’ Motion for PI 04-30-12
- #37-1 – Declaration of Allen Christy 05-01-12
- #37-2 – 2nd Declaration of Tom Thomas 05-01-12
- #37-3 – 2nd Declaration of Gary Wilkinson 05-01-12
- #50 – Opening Brief on Merits 06-21-12.pdf
- #52 – USFS Response Memo 08.03.12.pdf
- #54 – Response to Petitioner’s Opening Brief 08.10.12.pdf
- #55 – Plaintiff’s Reply Brief re Administrative Record 08.31.12.pdf