CBU Guidelines for Action
1. Learn who your National Forest Service Officials are.
- Get to know your Forest Supervisor and Deputy Supervisor.
- Get to know the Interdisciplinary (I.D.) team at the Supervisors office.
- Get to know your District Rangers and staff.
- Develop bibliographies on all personnel pertinent to the subject at hand.
2. Gather Information such as:
- Trail inventories and analysis as required by OHV regulation.
o Miles of roads, single track trails and other trails i.e. ATV
o Inventory of trailheads, motorized vs. non-motorized.
- Science reports and studies used for closures and Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWA). Also, try to identify all scientific papers/studies/reports that represent different views of resource impact levels from those cited by the USFS/USDA/etc, in USFS draft documents.
- Road and trail closures and obliterations.
- Monetary backlog on trail maintenance, Administrative cost and on the ground costs. Monies allowed for trail maintenance.
- DEIS, mapping and matrix. Construct your own maps detailing summer and winter use.
3. Economic Impacts. The BDNF used a study done by Northern Economics out of Achorage, Alaska. We strongly suggest that local communities provide their views on economic impacts of proposed FS actions both as separate reports and as formal comment letters on draft FS NEPA documents during public comment periods.
4. Social Impacts.
5. Mining claims and trails for R.S. 2477.
6. Establish meetings with Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP). You can be present at any meetings between FWP and the US Forest Service. Contact your local FWP Region and put in your request.
7. Compile a history of uses for a particular area.
8. Physically disabled access.
9. Create cooperative programs with USFS.
- Self-enforcement. Weeds. Signs. Registration. Trail maintenance. 800 number for reporting violations.(Tip Mont)
10. Keep officials in the loop. Senators, Representatives, State Legislators, Governor, County Commissioners.
11. Familiarize yourselves with the Forest Plan for your area Forest, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations, CEQ Regs are at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508; Key USFS Regs are at 36 CFR Part s 219, 215, 218, and 217; the key USFS Procedures Manual is FSM 1950 and the key Forest Service Handbook is FSH 1909.15.
12. Develop your own work groups that focus on specific areas of importance and then meet with District Rangers. Keep group size small, 3 people for example.
13. Meet with the editorial and publishing staffs of local newspapers.
- Be polite and professional and let them know that fabrications, omissions and misrepresentations will not be tolerated.
14. When meeting with USFS, FWP, Senators, Representatives, Governors, County Commissioners:
- Be polite and professional.
- Do Not interrupt when others are speaking. If someone interrupts you, stop speaking, let them finish their comment, do not respond directly to their comment and continue with your comments.
- Do Not become confrontational with personnel with opposing viewpoints. Let them become emotional and irate.
- Do Not lose your temper as it will hinder your objective.
- Do speak in a calm and respectful manner at all times.
- Do talk with USFS personnel at every opportunity; they are a very good source of information.
15. Journalize and record all meetings with officials. If you have trouble contacting or establishing meetings with them, contact CBU for assistance. Form a local multiple use organization to have a louder voice.
16. DO NOT:
- Negotiate with environmental groups.
- Be divisive amongst yourselves in a public setting. (Keep disagreements behind closed doors)
- Be afraid to speak at public meetings, i.e. speak on the record. This is a very weak area for our side, we need to step up to the mike and voice our comments.
- Be intimidated by elected officials.
- Get discouraged.
- Form a strong relationship with local, state and federal officials that are friendly towards your position. Keep them in the loop on all of your actions and intentions. Consult with them. These people will not tolerate a surprise move or change in direction very well.
- Engage local, state and federal officials that are not friendly towards our position. Use this as an opportunity to let them know the importance of your point of view. They will take notice of your position, when approached professionally, and may even alter their position once they are aware that you are not going away.
- Speak on the record at every opportunity. Find out when public meetings are being held, attend and comment.
- Keep your comments short, simple and to the point, make sure your message relates directly to the topic at hand.
- Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to take up your cause.
- Keep a positive attitude.
18. Know your opposition. Identify the green groups that are interested in your area. Locate their websites and monitor their movements. Know their board members and corporate sponsors. Attend their public meeting, but do not get confrontational.