Keep our forests OPEN
  • Petitioned United States Forest Service

This petition was delivered to:

Deschutes National Forest Supervisor's Office
United States Forest Service
Oregon Governor
Oregon State House
Oregon State Senate
Rep. Greg Walden

Keep our forests OPEN

    1. James N Brenda Stroup
    2. Petition by

      James N Brenda Stroup

      Redmond, OR

The US Forest Service has closed all roads in the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest, and Crooked River National Grassland unless they are posted OPEN on one of 13 confusing government maps. Maximum fine for traveling on a closed road is $5000. Our public lands are being taken away from their owners by a government department that is out of touch. Lets show them that we the people and not going to roll over and blindly accept these useless new closures. Contact the US Forest Service and let them know your opinions on these closures.!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8_MJNYSK6BdkOyoCAG6Imps!/?ss=110601&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=null&navid=170140000000000&pnavid=170000000000000&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ttype=contactus&pname=Deschutes%20&%20Ochoco%20National%20Forests%20&%20Crooked%20River%20National%20Grassland-%20Contact%20Us


Recent signatures


    1. Decision-maker Peter Sarasohn responds:

      Peter Sarasohn

      I want to thank everyone who took the time to reach out to Rep. Margaret Doherty's office about this important issue. However Rep. Doherty represents her constituents in the State Legislature, and this is a federal issue. I recommend reac...

    2. Please go to the below listed page and leave your feedback for the USFS

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      This is the latest lies put on the USFS website: read on and see the lies. They say that NO ROADS WERE CLOSED but this is a lie, the just do not consider them roads because they have been REMOVED from the OFFICIAL USFS maps! Read below to see their actual lies:

      If you are using the Feedback Form to respond to a petition about Repealing the Travel Management Plan on CHANGE.ORG, please take a minute to read the following information:
      NO ROADS WERE CLOSED on the Deschutes or Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland under the Travel Management Plan.
      There are approximately 8,000 OPEN miles of road and more than 350 OPEN miles of motorized trails on the two National Forests and National Grassland under the decision.
      The main issue addressed in the Travel Management Plan was not closing roads, but limiting travel OFF ROADS (cross-country travel) due to user conflicts and resource damage, though cross country travel is still allowed in 45 areas designated OPEN fo

    3. 3200 votes and counting!!!

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      Recieved this from Rep Barnhart: for those of you in Lane and Linn counties please email him directly to let him know you are concerned.

      Rep. Barnhart is always interested in hearing from constituents about issues that matter to them. If you would like a detailed response, please contact us directly by sending an email to Along with information about your concern, please also include your name, address, phone number, and email address. We work very hard to address and respond to concerns of constituents. Some concerns necessitate that we intervene with state, federal, and local agencies to deal with problems. We may also introduce and pursue legislation when citizen concerns warrant it. Generalized petitions are considered expressions of points of view and we appreciate the feedback, but if you would like a detailed response, please do contact us directly. Thank you.

      Sonya Carlson
      Chief of Staff
      Representative Barnhart
      Central Lane and Linn Countie

    4. Decision-maker Phil Barnhart responds:

      Phil Barnhart

      Rep. Barnhart is always interested in hearing from constituents about issues that matter to them. If you would like a detailed response, please contact us directly by sending an email to Along with informati...

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Read the link below, from 2011 but relevant to this petition

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer


    7. 2110 citizens support keeping the forests OPEN

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      Here are your petition stats:

      Keep our forests OPEN
      603 Signatures This Week | 2101 Signatures Total
      491 from Facebook | 11 from Email | 0 from Twitter
      5399 signatures still needed to reach your goal of 7500

      Let's keep the activity level up by reposting to all your favorite bligs, websites, forums......

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. 1549 signatures as of this morning!! Thanks to all that have signed,

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      Let's keep this thing growing by sharing on FaceBook and emailing to all your forest loving friends.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
    11. Just creeped over 1000!! signers.

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      I have been contacted by several other people that have initiated similar actions that would like to join forces. Some of them have been fighting the slow but sure lockout of out lands for years. I will keep everyone posted on any news. One thing for sure is that we will need REAL people to show up IN PERSON and make their toughts known about this issue when/if there is a public meeting scheduled to take inputs on our issue. Thanks

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. Have a great weekend! We are over 600 signatures now!!!!

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      Please take the time to fill out the "contact us" form on the USFS website and let them know your opinions on the new Travel Management road closures and why their plan is just plain wrong.

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Over 400 signers!!! Plese take five minutes and forward this link.

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is starting to take off due to impact these new closures will have on us all. We need to keep the momentun and forward the petition link to ALL our social network contacts an email contacts. Thanks to all who have signed and forwarded.

    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. US Forest Service "puts confusion on the map"

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      BEND, Ore. -- Starting this year, driving around the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests and Crooked River National Grassland will require up to 13 maps. Not only for legal reasons, but the maps are now the only way to know if you're on a road that's open, as there will be no more signs. Wednesday...

    18. 137 Signers, looking good! Let's get this out to everyone that you know.

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      A letter that one of our supporters is forwarding to all his contacts. Way to go Steve!

      Hi All,
      With the implementation of the ‘Closed unless posted Open’ roads policy, the Forest Service and BLM are severely reducing the number of miles (nationwide) of Forest roads we can use. They are also NOT posting which are open or closed. Their requirement is that each of us be responsible to look up which are which. Their maps are the size of bed-sheets and many are needed to cover each Forest. This is entirely un-workable for motorcycling and difficult at best just to drive in the forests. If this reduction in access to your public lands concerns you, you may want to sign this petition.

      For further education on the issue, you may want to start here; Central Oregon ‘Motor Vehicle Use Maps’ page:

      Ride fast, ride safe.Steve Miller

    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. 23 signatures overnight, I thinke we need more like 2300 to make an impact.

      James N Brenda Stroup
      Petition Organizer

      Please share the link to this petition to everyone you know and all of your facebook, twitter, and tother social network contacts. Take the time to explain to them what is going on with our forests. Ask them to also go to the US Forest Service link and send them some feed back also aht the link below. Thanks!!!

    21. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Donald Esch SALEM, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      I have two thunderegg mining claims in the Ochoco National Forest that I purchased last year with the intention of giving the opurtunity for others to enjoy digging on my claim. This would help cover cost by having them buy directly from me while at the claims. After purchasing these claims last year for $3000, they informed me that they had closed off the access roads to my claims except for my own vehicles making it impossible for them to do so. These decisions need to reversed or there is the high possibility of having to drop these claims and of financial loss to myself and to the local economy for tourist and other interested parties. Should could use the help with this situation.

    • todd caudle PRINEVILLE, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Why is public land considered owned by the people but cant be reasonably used by those owners.

    • William Cave REDMOND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a hiker ,fisherman ,a horse rider and I pay taxes, what else,is this a communist country?

    • Charles Billiter PINE BLUGG, AR
      • about 2 years ago

      The Forests belong to all people. They are our last places of refuge from the industrialized world that is coming.

    • Marie Dennis REDMOND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      I am an avid outdoors woman!!


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