Lawsuit against Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan thrown out

5/12/17

In our final part of our 3 part series on Travel Management Plan, Protect Americans Now we outline the recent actions taken in NM court.

 

The U.S. District Court has thrown out a lawsuit from an off-roading organization against the Santa Fe National Forest.

 

The ATV group was fighting the forest’s Travel Management Plan that would close parts of the forest to motorized use.

 

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It’s been a battle for years now – a lawsuit between the Santa Fe National Forest and the New Mexico off-roading group.

 

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance has been fighting to keep more of the forest open for ATVs.

 

“The off-road vehicle group was fighting to have this travel management thrown out,” said John Mellgren, with the Western Environmental Law Center.

 

The fight is over because the lawsuit has been thrown out.

 

A federal judge rejected the suit because the off-roading organization lost a nearly identical case just last year.

 

Officials with the Western Environmental Law Center say this plan protects more than 400,000 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest from motorized vehicle use. It also bans motor vehicles from more than 5,000 miles of paths and trails, keeping them from being torn up.

 

As Protect Americans Now has observed on the Travel Management Plan,

 

Yes, they are trying to close roads. Most of them are non issues but some of them allow ranchers access to waters and improvements. This has been a huge concern.
Last year we were issued “permits” they were little pieces of paper we and all our help were REQUIRED to have on person to not “get into trouble” now this year bs we raised hell they did away with that.

Now they are trying to literally force us to sign “permit modifications”
As we all know the Feds can issue permits, but they can always take them away.

Our current FS personnel is likeminded but who’s to say in 20 years they will be.

This issue effects EVERYONE — ORV, hunter, hikers, campers everyone.

2 Comments on “Lawsuit against Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan thrown out

  1. Hello,

    I am on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), the Petitioner (and now the Appellant) in the case referenced above. The article above is not factually correct. “The fight is over because the lawsuit has been thrown out,” is an incorrect statement. NMOHVA has appealed Judge Parker’s decision to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The briefing phase of the appeal concluded May 2nd and the matter sits before the 10th Circuit. We now await the Appeal Court’s decision.

    1. Thanks Mark, please keep us posted on the proceedings and we will inform our members – we are very interested in this issue!
      Thanks again

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