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Art Waugh 01-22-2009 01:24 PM

Planning Decision-Appeal Status Update
Louise just brought over the certified letter from the Appeal Officer in the Regional Foresters office in Portland. He has upheld the Responsible Official on all points raised on both my appeal and that of Deschutes County 4 Wheelers. In short we got nothing out of it other than a couple of routes added in the first decision. It will now be up to the Region and the Association if they wish to pursue the issues any further. Any more action will now be via the court system, as this is the end of the administrative side of things.

bjeepin3 01-22-2009 02:35 PM

Sorry to hear that. I thought ya'll had done a great job of trying to get your points across in your appeals. What time frame are we looking at if it needs to be filed in court?


Art Waugh 01-22-2009 04:38 PM

Not that familiar with that end, but I think normal procedure is that you have to give the feds 60 days notice that you are going to file suit.

CJ3BWILLYS 01-23-2009 07:07 AM

Thanks for the update.

Art Waugh 07-01-2009 12:04 PM

Talked to the FS a couple of days ago, and they are hoping to put boots on the ground to see about routing on a couple of new trails in the plan sometime in the next 45-60 days. Will keep everyone posted with what happens. Supposedly the FS guy in charge is a class III user.

EagleMark 07-01-2009 04:10 PM

Give them the 60 day notice that you plan to file suit. This will overlap what's happening now and may change their point of view!!!

Art Waugh 07-01-2009 04:35 PM

The decision was finalized back in January and we are stuck with it unless a lawsuit is filed. I feel that any action by the region will wait until either the Sisters RD makes their plan, or the other irons that the region has burning are settled.
They created a non-motorized buffer next to a wilderness area, and closed a wagon road that has seen motorized use for over a century.(the first transcontintal race traveled over it.) That decision for a suit would be above my pay grade, and rest with the region (I no longer a member of), or the state director/PNW. Remains to be seen if it would be worthwhile.

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