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Opening Brief – Granat

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Damien M. Schiff

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Currently a Senior Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, Damien joined PLF in 2005.  His practice has focused on federal and state environmental and land-use issues.  Damien was counsel of record … ›

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Oliver J. Dunford

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Oliver Dunford joined PLF’s office in Sacramento in March 2017. He litigates across the country to defend and advance individual liberty and the rule of law. Oliver’s cases involve the … ›

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Jeremy Talcott

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Jeremy Talcott joined the Pacific Legal Foundation in 2016. He focuses on property rights, administrative law, and the separation of powers and federalism principles that (ought to) define American government. … ›

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By Oliver J. Dunford

Still fighting to keep public lands open to all

Yesterday, we filed our reply brief in Granat v USDA, where we ask the court to review the US Forest Service’s decision to close thousands of previously available roads and trails to motorized travel in Plumas National Forest Federal law requires the Forest Service, before deciding about road-closings in national forests, to consider meaningful alternatives and to coordinate with local governments As we explained in our opening brief, however, the Service’s “alternative” analysis failed to consider more than 700 of the then-existing 1,100 miles of roads and trails in Plumas Further, the Service’s idea of “coordination” with our clients Plumas and Butte Counties was—as the Service itself acknowledged—nothing more than

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By Oliver J. Dunford

PLF files appeal to guarantee public access to public forest

Today in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, we filed our Opening Brief in Granat v USDA, where we challenge the United States Forest Service’s order closing thousands of previously available roads and trails to motorized travel in Plumas National Forest PLF represents individuals, recreational organizations, and local governments negatively impacted by the Forest Service’s decision to ban citizens from lawfully enjoying the natural beauty and recreational opportunities that had been permitted for generations For example, our client Amy Granat, because of a disability, can access her favorite spots only by motor vehicle The Service’s order therefore effectively bans Amy from what is after all a public forest

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By Damien M. Schiff

Appeal filed in forest access case

Today, we filed our notice of appeal in Granat v USDA, a challenge to the Forest Service’s massive route-closure initiative on the Plumas National Forest in northeastern California In 2005, the Forest Service promulgated a Travel Management Rule The Rule’s purpose was to formalize and combine the existing network of legally authorized government- and user-created routes on national forests throughout the country Unfortunately for the Plumas National Forest, the Forest Service used the Rule to embark on an anti-access campaign, ultimately choosing to close hundreds of miles of user-created routes Exacerbating this bad policy decision is the fact that the environmental impact statement accompanying the Forest Service’s shut-down

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