Podcast: I Spy Minute – What Transparency?

Posted on May 7, 2012 by


Those involved with the effort to stop the road closures in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest have stopped the process for now but the fear is that the Forest Service can slip the plan through while we’re not looking.

And there is a way for them to do just that. It’s amazing the lengths “public servants” will go to, to hide their intentions.

Fortunately, there is a way you can prevent them from slipping one through.

Take a listen: I Spy Minute Mon May 7 2012

Or read the transcript below.

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If you missed last week’s I Spy Radio Show with Karen Budd-Falen and Brent Smith, yes, the US Forest Service can slip one by us.

What I’m referring to is the plan by the Forest Service to close nearly four thousand miles of roads in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

That plan was recently withdrawn due to overwhelming public opposition.

However, we all know it’s not going away and one of the fears is that they’ll come up with a plan in secret and then slip it by us.

And here’s how they can do just that: the federal register—which contains all the legal notices from every single department in the federal government.

As a legal matter, publication in the federal register is all that it takes to count as notice to the public. No notices in the paper, no press conferences, just slip it in there.

But you can stop this. Write to the Forest Service Supervisor and request personal notification when this decision comes out.

We’ve posted some templates you can use to do that on our website, ispyradio.com. Just head to the “Take Action” tab and look for the important updates link.

For the I Spy Minute, I’m Mark Anderson.