Presidents MessagePublic Land Boundaries
PLWA is often asked if we are involved in access issues within the boundaries of National Forests and other public lands. The answer is “very seldom”.
The reason is this, once you enter public land the issue is no longer access but the kind of access.
The second reason is that agencies such as the Forest Service have the legal authority to control the type of access on land they administer in any manner the deem proper. Their decisions might be wrong but they are not illegal. Consequently, the best approach to remedy their decisions is public input.
PLAW, on the other hand, challenges road closures on other lands that are often illegal or unresolved according to state law.
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