Sacramento, CA (August 14, 2012) -- Recreation advocates yesterday joined with several other organizations in a legal challenge to new forest planning regulations promulgated by the U.S. Forest Service.
The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (Cal4Wheel) joined forces with the other forest product and multiple use groups in filing a lawsuit to require the Forest Service to modify its new planning rule to avoid its devastating impacts on the health of the National Forests, recreational uses of the forests and communities located nearby.
The U.S. Forest Service formally adopted new National Forest Planning rules on April 9, 2012. The new regulations shift the agency away from a jobs and ecosystem approach. Instead, the planning rule would cement the National Forests in endless litigation over single species management; an approach that even the agency admits has failed repeatedly in the last three decades.