Letter from William Thomas 1/16/93

William Thomas
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038
(202) 462-0757

January 15, 1993

Chief Dale Robertson
Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C. 20090-6090

Dear Mr. Robertson,

Greetings and harmonious wishes.

Going back to the meeting of August 11, 1988, when you, Bill Rice, and several other members of your office met with representatives of the Rainbow Family Legaliaison, I see my notes reflect your agreements to an "attitude of positive cooperation" in the development of Forest Service regulations concerning group gatherings in public forests, and that you agreed to provide us with draft copies of any proposed rulemaking prior to publication in the Federal Register.

Now, Marian Connolly and Dina Apple of your solicitor's office tell me, another draft has, somehow, evaded President Bush's regulatory moratorium and made its way to the Office of Management and Budget for preliminary approval.

Ms. Connolly claims that she is prohibited by law from providing us with a copy of the draft. Which doesn't appear to be very cooperative.

I request a copy of this draft as soon as possible, and will send a messenger to pick it up. Or I would like to know why your agency has changed its mind about acting with an attitude of positive cooperation.

I would also like to know on what grounds this regulation was granted exemption from the President's regulatory moratorium.


William Thomas

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