Sunday, October 10, 2010

How The Payette National Forest Violated NEPA

The Payette National Forest was made aware of many errors in the travel management plans they had put together for the Big Creek, Yellow Pine, Warren, Secesh and Valley County as a whole.

Suzanne Rainville, PNF supervisor chose to IGNORE any and all comments from HUNDREDS of citizens desperately begging to leave rural roadways as they were.

Quote from Sue Dixon, PNF Employee Travel Plan contributor: "NEPA is not a democracy."  [ What about the people NEPA is supposed to protect and work for?]

Comments from Valley County, Adams County, state and local officials were included in the ignored comments list.

In all, as many as 1,000 public comments and appeals to road closures were cast aside, ignored, and the people who wrote them were ordered to "sue us" (The USFS) if you're not happy with what we're doing.

I came across one appeal in particular, which displays the disdain the Payette National Forest has for the people paying their salaries, i.e., you and me the taxpayers, very well here:

In true spirit of the Payette National Forest attempting to force all humans OUT of the lands managed by corrupt bureaucrat delusional, deranged madmen/mad-women, Suzanne Rainville has told the American people what they can do with themselves in a manner that would make many of her predecessors proud.

After all, if you read many USFS websites, documents, they declare the nation's forest to be "USFS lands" instead of "public lands, owned by the American people." Herein lies the problem.

Most USFS people are avid skiers, hikers, horseback riders. They have taken it upon themselves to lock away the use of lands owned by the American people and hoarded it away fiendishly for their own personal use(s).

They are general exempt from the same laws you and I are while they are outdoors "managing" our forests. This includes trespass and clearing trails. I'll give an example.

While working one day on private property owned by Hecla Mining at Stibnite, Idaho, two USFS rangers on atvs showed up where several of Hecla's employees had closed all roads and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for reclamation work, putting the land back as it had been before mining commenced.

These riders had, using chainsaws cut the multiple 30" diameter trees off our road located on private property, which we had put there to keep people from trespassing on Hecla's private land.

I informed them we had spent several days closing that road on our private property and asked them to re close the road, and asked them to leave the private property. They refused to leave, and refused to undo the environmental damage they had just ensued.

Fred Dobber, PNF supervisor later brought a USFS vehicle onto the property to observe our reclamation work. As employees of Hecla, we had asked everyone to park and walk in the fragile restored area.

Fred drove up about a 30%+ grade in his Chevy Silverado with US Govt plates and created huge ruts. That was in 1993. Today, you can still see the damage caused where the USFS Ranger/supervisor Fred Dobber unlawfully drove his vehicle, in trespass, onto private land when the rest of us walked the 1/4 mile to the area to be observed.

This is what's typical of almost every USFS ranger working for the Payette today. Do-as-say-not-as-I-do-.......or you'll get fines and jail time.

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