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G00027 Contact: Bill Kresnak
Aug, 3, 2000
Phone: (614) 856-1900
For Immediate Release
Fax: (614) 856-1920

Judge Issues Ruling in Daniel Boone National Forest Fight

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit to reopen

motorized-recreation trails in Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest, reports

the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

The AMA, the Ohio Valley Trail Riders and the Blue Ribbon Coalition filed

a federal lawsuit in March of last year seeking to reverse a U.S. Forest Service

closure of some 700 miles of motorized trails in the Daniel Boone National

Forest. The Forest Service action closed nearly 90 percent of the Daniel Boone

trails that had been open to motorcyclists and ATV riders.

The suit charged that the Forest Service had failed to follow proper

procedures in instituting the trail closure, and failed to consider alternatives

that would have allowed the continued use of more trails.

In a decision issued July 7, Judge Jennifer Coffman of the U.S. District

Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, dismissed the lawsuit saying, among other

things, that the Forest Service followed proper procedures and properly

described and analyzed alternatives.

No decision has been made on whether to appeal.

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The American Motorcyclist Association is a 266,000-member non-profit

organization. Established in 1924, the Association's purpose is to pursue,

protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of

its members. For more information, visit the AMA website at
www.AMADirectlink.com

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Ken James
AMA Dist.25 Field Rep.
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