Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Letter to Congressman Raul Labrador

I highly recommend writing letters to Congressman Raul Labrador who is on the Resources Oversight Committee which oversees the Forest Service and BLM.

Here is a copy of the letter I wrote to Congressman Raul Labrador via his contact link here:

Or here:

To: Congressman Raul Labrador

From: Scott Amos, a concerned citizen.

The US Forest Service has closed Sugar Creek Road to Cinnabar, a historical Idaho ghost town.

Cinnabar happens to be private land. That did not stop the Forest Service from unlawfully burning cabins listed on the National Register of Historical Places at Cinnabar, Stibnite, Roosevelt, Cabin Creek, Chamberlain Basin and hundreds of other places. Which is a clear violation of private property rights in addition to Section 106 of the 1966 National Historical Preservation Act.

The manner in which the Forest Service has closed roads, including my driveway was done in violation of federal law, and without due process to include skipping public comment periods required by NEPA, the 2001 Roadless Rule, Forest Plan, etc.

For nine years, the Forest Service also closed the only viable access road to the town of Yellow Pine which I grew up in. The Forest Service at that time proposed using eminent domain to force private property owners in Yellow Pine to sell their lands to the Forest Service for the purpose of turning Yellow Pine into a "wolf and nature preserve".

At the same time, the Forest Service began driving rural gold miners and loggers off their claims in the Boise and Payette National Forests.

Forest rangers would arbitrarily call legitimate mining claims "invalid" in violation of the 1872 Mining Law, violating the rights of miners who had paid fees and worked and made livings from claims for over three generations, in the case of Bill Darling and his family. The Forest Service gave Bill Darling's family 30 days to vacate the premises before burning down the home that the Darling family built in 1926. Nevermind the fact that Bill Darling's cabin was historical and the Forest Service burning it also violated the 1966 National Historical Preservation Act Act.

Jim and Gerri Adkins home of 40 years was on private property at Stibnite, Idaho which has 850 acres of deeded patented land. That also didn't stop the Forest Service from burning it and dozens of other cabins listed on the National Register of Historical Places located on private property, which I have began documenting here:

The Forest Service has become an out of control and overly abusive agency which has no regard for public input or the American people and their wishes for how Americans would like to see our forests managed.

There was a time when the local forest ranger and district managers were friends of the local community and attentive to the needs of people who actually live and work in the forests.

Sadly, that time has passed. Now the Forest Service's main agenda is to lock people out of the forests, or lock them behind iron gates, like Patti Stieger was ordered to do by District Ranger Anthony Botello in the case of Three Mile Road, stranding five hikers 20 miles in the middle of nowhere and purposefully endangering their lives.

Or locking the entire town of Yellow Pine behind iron gates for more than nine years until residents of Yellow Pine filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Forest Service and prevailed in court (at much cost to the federal government).

I have documented the above mentioned atrocities and dozens more online here:

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I fully support your proposal for reigning in abusive agencies like the Forest Service and BLM which have become an enemy of the American people and a public nuisance, in my opinion.

Scott Amos

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