road closing hardship for on young, old and disabled or anyone that can no longer walk long distances. With this rule in place there will be no more gathering of berries, mushroom no more camping at their favorite spots nor fishing and hunting any of the things that will be available to only a few. This sure sounds like discrimination to me.
Not legally actionable under a discrimination theory. Check with a local attorney to determine whether the road closing can be challenged on other grounds.
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My understanding is that people that made comments during the travel management process, which started about five years ago, can appeal the plan. You can read about the administrative review process here - http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5359303.pdf
Each of the counties that are affected plan to appeal the travel management plan. That includes Wallowa County. Congressman Walden is working to help keep access also. The main problem is the Forest Service did not consider the counties input. The counties asked for specific roads to be left open. The Forest Service did not inventory the existing roads properly.
I don't know of any way to sue the federal gov't for discrimination over this issue. It seems that your best bet is to assist those that are appealing the plan. Again, there are groups in each county that are appealing. I hope this is helpful. Good luck.
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