View Full Version : Utah Counties File Lawsuits Against BLM over RS2477 Roads

05-11-2012, 11:35 PM
SALT LAKE CITY By this time next week, 22 of Utah's 29 counties will have filed lawsuits against the Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management, seeking title to thousands of miles of contested roads that cross federally managed lands.

Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, Piute, Rich, Sanpete, Utah and Wayne counties had all filed individual lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City as of Friday night.

The state of Utah is listed as a plaintiff in each of the suits as well, and expects to join the remaining 12 county lawsuits that should be filed Monday and Tuesday, according to Utah's chief deputy attorney general John Swallow.

"We're trying to protect the roads that Utahns have used for decades," Swallow said. "If we don't file these lawsuits, we can't even protect the roads, and so the federal government can actually close down the roads and obliterate our rights to use those roads."

The state said in December that it would seek quiet title to 19,000 segments of so-called RS2477 roads in 22 counties.

The RS2477 issue under contention in the courts for more than a decade epitomizes the public lands fight involving environmentalists, counties, industry, ranchers and shared-access advocates.

The dispute involves rights-of-way access granted by the federal government in 1866 for the development of transportation systems. Although the congressional act establishing those rights was later withdrawn in 1976 with a new federal land planning act, the access rights of local government were supposed to stay intact.

Duchesne County Commissioner Kent Peatross said he's always believed "we don't need a road down every canyon and ridge."

"But we need access that allows the general population to experience the public lands in a reasonable manner," he said. "Not everyone can walk, not everyone has a horse, and so a vehicle is the easiest and most common way to do that."

Environmental groups like the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Sierra Club, however, have blasted the state and the counties over their claims, arguing that many of the roads being identified in the title fight aren't even roads.

On April 24, the groups unveiled a map based on their research of all the pending and imminent RS2477 litigation in Utah that they claim shows the state and counties are actually seeking more than 25,000 segments that add up to 45,000 miles.

Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...477-roads.html

05-12-2012, 07:10 AM
Go Utah!

bro of bro of 3 & 3hummer
05-12-2012, 09:35 AM

go utah!

05-12-2012, 11:24 AM
:broken: try this one :link: (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865555277/Utah-counties-file-lawsuits-against-BLM-over-RS2477-roads.html)

I can relate. I'm getting feed up with all the wilderness areas in California. There have been several rock collecting sites that we wanted to go to and didn't because they were reported to be inside a wilderness area and too long of a hike for my wife. Twice now, we have gone to rock collecting sites that have been visited by collectors for decades, only to find they are now inside a wilderness areas and no motor vehicles are allowed. My wife has a bad knee and a bad ankle, so she can walk very far. Don't tell her that I said so, but she legally has a handicapped parking placard. How can this be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act? Wilderness areas are public lands but only usable by people without disabilities or those who have and can ride a horse! How is this legal?

05-12-2012, 11:35 AM
Glad they are aware and putting up a fight

05-12-2012, 02:33 PM
This is great to see. The feds and environmental groups have been overstepping their bounds for years.

Former User
05-31-2012, 04:38 PM
It's funny how little stuff like this gets publicized. Maybe it's just me who doesn't read those news sites that this is published on. But regardless, stoked were finally doing something about much power the BLM/suwa have in this state.

05-31-2012, 04:49 PM
How can this be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act? Wilderness areas are public lands but only usable by people without disabilities or those who have and can ride a horse! How is this legal?
ADA applies to private entities, if you as the government the government is exempt from the requirements of the ADA.

05-31-2012, 05:12 PM
Makes total sense! Why would the government impose anything on themselves?

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