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Roadless lawsuit filed against Forest Service

California recently filed a roadless lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) said in a statement March 3. The BRC is concerned about the litigation’s potential impact on historic public travelways and trails designation under the Forest Service’s Travel Management Rule.

“In the ongoing litigation over Forest Service roadless area management, the state of California and its partners have argued that neither the 2001 Roadless Rule nor sound policy prevent the continuation of historical mechanized access in roadless areas via properly designated roads or trails,” said Paul Turcke, the BRC legal defense team’s chief counsel.

BlueRibbon’s legal staff is reviewing the complaint, coordinating with recreational access partners and evaluating appropriate actions to preserve and protect public access to federal forests.

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