How The USFS Violated NEPA

USFS new favorite pastime appears to be closing access roads to private property, interfering with private property owner's rights of access. The second favorite pastime then appears to be approaching such property owners demanding they sell their land to the United States Forest Service.

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.

Sue Dixon, PNF Employee Travel Plan contributor writes "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(s) 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 hoard 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 Hecla's road located on private property, which they 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 Hecla's 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 enacted.

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.

During wet/muddy, early spring conditions: Fred drove [OFF-ROADING!! ACROSS A FRESHLY REPLANTED, FRAGILE MEADOW] 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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Scott Amos


  1. Why doesn't somebody call the county sheriff and have them arrested for trespass and distruction of private property. After all they would site you for being on public land that they have closed off. Some one needs to define public land to me. Maybe we just need to tell the federal government that their help in management of our state lands or the land within our state bounderies is no longer needed. The sheeps on the east coast will be happy to take them in, along with the wolfs.

  2. I had no idea this was taking place. Thank you, Scott, for writing about this. The County Sheriff needs to be in on any further actions, as they can arrest the wrong doers. Through that arrest and the following prosecution, the depth of this land take-over conspiracy can be found.

    Best wishes,
    Karl in Phoenix