Letter from PCU 2/23/94
PEOPLE FOR COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038
February 23, 1994
Certified Mail No. P150 697 799
Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment
Department of Agriculture, room 217-E
14th and Independence SW
Washington, D.C, 20250
Dear Mr. Lyons:
This follows my letter of January 31, 1994 (Certified Mail
No. P150 697 797).
As you'll recall from my last letter, we've been trying to
arrange a public meeting to discuss these proposed regulations,
and Ellen Hornstein of the General Counsel's Office has been
working dilgently to preclude any such meeting..
Enclosed is a copy of a response to "Proposed Rules for
Noncommercial Group Uses and the Distribution of Noncommercial
Printed Material," July 23, 1993, from Ann E. Mates, Recreation
Director, Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests.
Although it doesn't appear on the Forest Service's log of
public comment received in response to the proposed regulation,
Ms. Mates' response is significant for several reasons. Noting
that the agency proposes to "regulat(e) spontaneity out of
existence," and that the "Operating Plan" is a less restrictive
alternative of which the rulemaking proposal makes no mention,
Ms. Mates' response shows that elements of the agency echo the
main points of my last letter. These are important issues that
deserve serious public discussion.
Thus, we renew our suggestion for a meeting between the
progenitors of the proposed amendments to 36 C.F.R. 251 & 261 and
all interested parties.
In service to peace through understanding,
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