Forest Service v. Michael & Linda Backlund
December 2010 by James BuchalOn Tuesday morning, August 26, 2010, my clients Michael and Linda Backlund were forced to plead guilty to a charge of violating 36 CFR §261.10(b), which criminalizes maintaining a residence on Forest Service land without authorization “when such authorization is required.” This is a new regulation pursuant to which virtually anything, even a tent, is an unlawful “residence” unless authorized in advance.
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• California suction dredging
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• Idaho suction dredging
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• Another Oregon bill of concern
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...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.
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