A lawsuit filed by the Winter Wildlands Alliance and WildEarth Guardians contends that the Bridger-Teton, Boise and Payette national forests improperly used a “grandfather provision” to avoid preparing a new winter travel plan.
The U.S. Forest Service historically allowed its forests to forgo winter travel plans, but in 2015 changed direction and required them to delineate where snowmobiles can and cannot go. A provision allows forests to skip the planning process if winter routes were designated through a public process, and they haven’t been changed since.
Groups suing contend the Bridger-Teton, Boise and Payette ignored the requirement to plan.
Apparently because they have “been changed since.”