CANYON CITY - At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, a local committee studying Revised Statute 2477 roads will meet at the Grant County Courthouse.
Revised Statute 2477 states: "The right of way for the construction of highways over public lands, not reserved for public uses, is hereby granted." Due to this law, pre-1976 roads on BLM lands and pre-Forest Service roads on national forest land could be identified as county-owned roads, based on the interpretation of the committee.
On April 25, the Grant County Court along with Oregon Livestock Producers Association sponsored a property-rights workshop emphasizing RS2477 road, access and water rights presented by Angus McIntosh, Extension range management and public policy specialist at New Mexico State University.
At the June 11 County Court meeting, members of the local RS2477 committee urged Grant County Judge Dennis Reynolds to establish a timetable for verifying and identifying RS2477 roads
Former Extension agent Arleigh Isley said, "If we don't sit down collectively, make ourselves a roadmap and proceed on it, we won't be any further than we are today."
Rancher Bud Trowbridge said, "We want to open every road on the Forest Service that's been closed that we've identified as 2477."
Reynolds cautioned that questions about property rights for private landowners need to be discussed.
For more information about the RS2477 committee, call (541) 575-0059.