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. www.cal4wheel.com
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 - www.sharetrails.org