Letter from Legaliaison 9/1/88
PEOPLE FOR COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING
PO Box 27217 - Washington, DC 20038
PO Box 6625 - Chicago, IL 60680
12 April 1995
PCU // Freedom of Assembly Project
Mr. Jack Ward Thomas, Chief
You may recall our brief meeting at the 'Town Hall' in St.
almost a year ago:
We shared our concerns over USFS policies toward free assembly on
with some facts that alarmed you. If you took any offense at our
please accept our apologies again, and understand that it comes
Enclosed is an 'Update' package on the proposed 'Group Use'
Enforcement' regulations, and how they impact the Bill of Rights
This information has gone out to the incoming leadership in
Congressional committees, calling for bipartisan action to
Forest Service policies. Our dialogues were especially
Senator Craig, now Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee
Conservation, and Rural Revitalization:
His staff asked that we follow up with focused ideas on the
by these rulemakings, and what steps to take.
Our 2/14/95 response is also presented here: It speaks
directly to the
Constitutional costs of this regulatory scheme, and the situation
we now face.
USDA Forest Service / Room 4-NW
201 14th & Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250
RE: USFS Proposed Rules --
Update Info, Senate Ag Appeal
Dear Chief Thomas:
Please give this position letter your careful review, with a sense of urgency...
The USFS "Unified Agenda" published in November, and the
Reinvention" report released in December failed to respond to
Since then OGC and RCRWM Staff have confirmed that the final
rules will come out this Spring -- Federal Register publication
and time is short.
Why is the Forest Service proceeding with these unconstitutional
The Senate Committee also heard about some recent incidents--
the Fire at the Gathering in Wyoming, and the contining pattern
enforcement abuses --
with deep concerns over how Forest Service authority has been
Senator Craig's office asked for the details, and they are
These issues warrant special inquiry... especially as they
reflect on the
intent of the proposed rules, and amplify our sense of alarm over
what is at
The outcome will define the future of Citizen
Rights and Stewardship on Public Land.
When you withdrew the 'Law Enforcement' proposal last May,
it was a good first step.
You should now intervene decisively to stop the 'Group Use'
and set a mandate for new policies of Consensus and Cooperation.
Thanks & Respects,
The PCU Volunteers / S.C.
Certified Mail # P 111 370 750
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