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California Settles with Forest Service Over Road Dispute

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on December 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM

I love this quote by Jerry Brown (the governor elect), "Once a road cuts through a forest, it's never the same." Ok, maybe it's not the same for a year or two.  However, in 20 years or 100 years or 500 years.  Obviously, at some point nature retakes the road.  Politicians say the dummest things just to appease their policital supporters.  According to this report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise "under the settlement, Forest Service officials must, in consultation with the state, consider creating up to 37 new road-free areas in the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres national forests, state officials said. The Forest Service cannot allow road building until new plans are finalized." 


Not much of a settlement here.  Looks like a classic "Forest Service" settlement whereby it agrees it will consult with the settling party, which it almost always would have to do either way.  Looks to me like California realized its would lose its lawsuit and sought to save face by declaring that it had settled. 

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