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Hello ALAA !

Just want to let you know that the lawsuit against the Santa Fe National Forest travel management decision is in the judge's hands. The final briefs have been filed. Now we wait and see what happens. Thanks again for ALAA's support, in our efforts to protect motorized access on public lands.

Joanne



President signs Proclamation -- Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

BLM Map of Monument


If either of these bills become law, Rockhounds should make sure that any roads or trails leading to or near collecting sites are included in the route designation established by local government agencies.


NMOHVA's Lawsuit goes to the Judge -  May 6, 2014

In December, NMOHVA filed a lawsuit challenging the Santa Fe National Forest's (SFNF) Travel Management decision.  Read what has happened since then? 

In regards to NMOHVA’s lawsuit against the travel management decision of the Santa Fe National.Forrest  

Judge Johnson has rejected the request for intervener status. The request came from a combined group consisting of the Center for Biological Diversity, Wildearth Guardians and Sierra Club. This means the lawsuit is just NMOHVA and the Forest Service, and the environmental groups are not allowed to submit their own brief with arguments.

The judge’s reasoning is worth reading. As of June 15, 2013

Judge DENIES Intervener Status to "Big Green" in the NMOHVA Lawsuit - June 19, 2013

NMOHVA's Day in Court  -  LAWSUIT UPDATE #8  July 21, 2014


July 28,2014.  Judge Johnson ruled against NMOHVA's lawsuit on the Santa Fe National Forest's travel management decision.  Ironically, in his decision, Judge Johnson specifically agreed with us that the Forest Service broke the law because their "no action" alternative in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is illegal. It violated NEPA laws. This issue was NMOHVA's main point in the lawsuit. The decision is based on the EIS, and the EIS is based on the "no action alternative".  Somehow, the judge decided that the "no action alternative" was illegal, but the decision was not.  You can read the judge's Decision and Opinion on NMOHVA's web page at www.nmohva.org.  What's next?  We are meeting with our legal team to discuss the possibility of an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The NMOHVA Board of Directors will then decide whether to appeal.


Learn About Public Land Access Issues in New Mexico



The Director’s Protest Resolution Reports analyze each unique or summarized protest issue statement received on each individual BLM Proposed Resource Management Plan to determine whether the State Director followed established procedures, considered relevant information in reaching proposed decisions, and whether the proposed decisions are consistent with the applicable statutes, regulations, and BLM policy.

The following Director’s Protest Resolution Reports are available for online viewing or download.


New Mexico Solar Energy Zones - "NEW"


New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Allince


News Release - Jemez Springs and Acequia Coalition Join OHV Appeal against Forest Closures




Letter to New Mexico State Parks in support of Rock Collecting in Rockhound State Park

Letter from Michael Streeter Professional Geologist on Rockhound State Park

Use these points from the above letters to formulate your own letter to NM State Parks. Send lettesr to nmparks@state.nm.us    Time is short!


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