Letter from PCU 4/12/95
12 April 1995
PCU // Freedom of Assembly Project
Mr. Jim Lyons, Assistant Secretary
USDA / Natural Resources & Environment
Administration Building - Room 217E
14th & Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
RE: USFS Proposed Rules --
Update Info, Senate Ag Appeal
Dear Mr. Lyons:
We met again last summer under 'better circumstances' --
of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, in
We spoke briefly about the pending USFS rules affecting free
and the significance of events in Wyoming last 3rd of July,
when gatherers saved Bridger National Forest from a major fire.
You said things were getting "turned around" -- now it doesn't
look that way:
The bureaucratic wheels churned on, to criminalize free Citizens
this 4th of July.
Enclosed is an 'Update' package on the proposed 'Group Use'
Enforcement' regulations, and how they impact the Bill of Rights
This information has gone out to the incoming leadership in
Congressional committees, calling for bipartisan action to
Forest Service policies. Our dialogues were especially
Senator Craig, now Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee
Conservation, and Rural Revitalization:
His staff asked that we follow up with focused ideas on the
by these rulemakings, and what steps to take.
Our 2/14/95 response is also presented here: It speaks
directly to the
Constitutional costs of this regulatory scheme, and the situation
we now face.
Please give this position letter your careful review, with a sense of urgency...
The USFS "Unified Agenda" published in November, and the
Reinvention" report released in December failed to respond to
Since then OGC and RCRWM Staff have confirmed that the final
rules will come out this Spring -- Federal Register publication
and time is short.
Why is the Forest Service proceeding with these unconstitutional
The Senate Committee also heard about some recent incidents--
the Fire at the Gathering in Wyoming, and the contining pattern
enforcement abuses --
with deep concerns over how Forest Service authority has been
When you withdrew the 'Law Enforcement' proposal last May,
it was a good first step.
You should now intervene decisively to stop the 'Group Use'
and set a mandate for new policies of Consensus and Cooperation.
...The outcome will define the future of Citizen Rights
and Stewardship on Public Land.
The 'Law Enforcement' proposal was withdrawn last May; it can
be done again.
It makes a difference if the 'Group Use' rules become law.
YOU HOLD FINAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Please act now -- Set a mandate for new policies of Consensus and
..for Peace on the Land,
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