Access Issues

Judge Rules Against NMOHVA

Last Updated: July 28, 2014

Judge Johnson ruled against NMOHVA's lawsuit on the Santa Fe National Forest's travel management decision. Ironically, in his decision, Judge Johnson specifically agreed with us that the Forest Service broke the law because their "no action" alternative in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is illegal. It violated NEPA laws. This issue was NMOHVA's main point in the lawsuit. The decision is based on the EIS, and the EIS is based on the "no action alternative". Somehow, the judge decided that the "no action alternative" was illegal, but the decision was not. You can read the judge's Decision and Opinion by clicking on the "Read more" below.

What's next? We are meeting with our legal team to discuss the possibility of an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The NMOHVA Board of Directors will then decide whether to appeal.

NMOHVA Files Appeal on Gila Travel Management Decision

Last Updated: July 28, 2014

NMOHVA has filed an administrative appeal with Region 3 of the US Forest Service challenging the recent Gila National Forest travel management decision issued by Forest Supervisor Kelly Russell.

Members of the public who made comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) during the official comment period in 2011 have "standing" to file an appeal. NMOHVA met the requirement for this appeal by filing literally hundreds of pages of comments. Our comments outlined the numerous violations the agency committed in their project process. The agency ignored most of our comments and left almost all of the mistakes in the final environmental documents.

The Forest Service has 45 days to respond. Based on this decision and previous appeals, we do not anticipate many changes from the appeal. Like the Santa Fe National Forest, NMOHVA believe that it will take a court decision to force the Forest Service to follow the rules.


NMOHVA Hosting Free "Meet & Greet" Event at Cedro Peak

Last Updated: August 31, 2014

NMOHVA is hosting an informal "meet & greet" for NMOHVA members and the general public on September 27th at the Oak Flats Picnic area of the Sandia Ranger District. The event will include a FREE BBQ lunch at 1:00 pm.

Calendar Photo Contest!

Last Updated: July 8, 2014

We are announcing the start of the NMOHVA 2015 Photo Calendar Contest. NMOHVA's popular 2014 Access Defense Photo Calendar was a big success and we are working to make sure that the 2015 version will be even better. There are two ways you can win. Click on "Read more" for the details.