Received this email today:
4th December 2003
To: Montana Pilots' Association Recreational Airstrip e-mail Group
Subject: Idaho Big Creek Four
The following is from our friends in Idaho.
Good Morning IAA Members,
I want to bring everyone up to date on what is happening with the FEIS.
Bob Martin, (Idaho State Aeronautics), Kurt Becker, Dick Thompson and I had
a meeting with Mark Madrid and Quinn Carver (FS) yesterday. We were informed
that the Forest Supervisors of the four involved forest have signed a ROD,
(Record of Decision). Even with the large majority of comments in favor of
Aviation they are declaring the Big Creek Four Airstrips Emergency use only.
There were 440 comments pro aviation and 149 against aviation. There were
255 comments that pertained to rafting and water use and didn't comment for
or against aviation.
We had some idea that the FS may use this method to force a court
decision on aviation use in the Frank Church. Idaho Aeronautics and the IAA
will be appealing this decision with the Regional Forest Office. If we win
that appeal then the Wilderness Society may likely take it to court to try
and swing the issue in their favor. Most of the comments against Aviation
were by members of that organization. They have argued for years that the
Frank Church is not a pure wilderness by the Act of 1964 and have tried to
change character of the Frank Church as set up in the original legislation.
This battle is a long way from being finished and your organization with
your support will continue to use every available option to support our
Robert ( Bob) Patrick
President of IAA