Thursday, January 29, 2009

County suing federal government to get road

The Press-Enterprise reports:

San Bernardino County officials this week agreed to sue the federal government to gain control of a 42-mile stretch of mostly dirt road that cuts through undeveloped public land between Barstow and the San Bernardino Mountains. The county's 6-year-old effort to wrest legal rights to Camp Rock Road from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has raised concerns among some environmentalists, who say they fear county control could put wildlife at risk. San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said the county has no plans to pave or otherwise improve the road, which he said is used principally by recreationists and miners. The county already maintains it. "We just seek to keep it open for the various uses, as it has been many years," Mitzelfelt said. "We have an obligation as a county to keep it as a county road." He added that the county is also in court to fight road closures on public land in the Mojave National Preserve.

Too bad more counties don't protect their rights and thus their citizens. Dona Ana County refused to sue even when someone else was paying all the costs.

1 comment:

dr john said...

If it applies RS 2477 is a rock solid law It is only 26 words long and most lawyers don't understand it.