Federal Land Use Issues

Your Government counsel.™

We assist our clients in protecting their use and enjoyment of federal lands, whether it be through comments on draft land management plans, appeals of decisions that were not favorable to their interests or lawsuits when the appeal process proved to be ineffective.

Whether you operate a business on, or simply recreate on federal lands, The Garden Law Firm can assist you in ensuring that your interests are heard and protected.

We have been involved with Forest Plans, Wilderness Stewardship Plans, NPS General Management Plans, Environmental Impact Statements and all types of decisions related to federal land areas and how they are managed.  We have detailed experience with the federal statutes which apply to land management issues and the often arcane policies that lie beneath them, including the Wilderness Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act.

For example, we obtained a decision from the federal District Court in Washington, DC, overturning a determination by the US Forest Service related to the way it classified trails within the National Forest System.  In setting up the new classification system, the Forest Service had failed to obtain public comments before implementing the classification system and our client believed the new system would result in diminished recreational opportunities.  Back Country Horsemen of America v. Johanns, 424 F. Supp. 2d 89 (D.D.C. 2006).

We also successfully worked with the Forest Service in defending a claim that the operations of Forest Service concessioners pursuant to Special Use Authorizations were subject to the same requirements as the government itself, which would have severely hampered their ability to operate.  Bark v. United States Forest Service and National Forest Recreation Association, 2014 WL 1289446 (D.D.C. 2014).

Our clients include businesses, such as resorts, campgrounds, marinas, golf courses, outfitters and ski areas, as well as non-profit recreational groups, such as cabin owners and user groups.  If you own a recreation residence on a National Forest, please take a look at our Recreation Residence Manual designed specifically for you.

We have been involved in issues nationwide, including all of the areas below:

Acadia National Park; Dry Tortugas National Park; Everglades National Park; Glacier National Park; Grand Canyon National Park; Grand Teton National Park; Lassen Volcanic National Park; Olympic National Park; Yellowstone National Park; Yosemite National Park; Cape Lookout National Seashore; Statue of Liberty National Monument; Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; Gateway National Recreation Area; Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area; Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area; Blue Ridge Parkway; George Washington Memorial Parkway; Fort Sumter National Monument; White Sands National Monument; Wright Brothers National Monument; National Capital Region, National Park Service; Angeles National Forest; Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests; Ashley National Forest; Bighorn National Forest; Chattahoochee National Forest; Cleveland National Forest; Coronado National Forest; Inyo National Forest; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit; Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests; Oconee National Forest; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest; Pike National Forest; San Bernadino National Forest; Sequoia National Forest; Shawnee National Forest; Shoshone National Forest; Sierra National Forest; Stanislaus National Forest; Tonto National Forest; White Mountain National Forest; White River National Forest.

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