Category: What is RS2477?

  • Basic Truths About RS 2477 Rights-of-Way

    How To Determine If You Are Being Mislead Or Lied To! Compiled by The Western Counties’ Resources Policy Institute Box 27514, Salt Lake City, Utah 84127-0514 The recent increased public attention given to RS 2477 rights-of-way also has been accompanied by an increase in misinformation being spread by some anti-access environmental groups and federal bureaucrats. […]

  • TEXT OF INTERIOR SECRETARY DONALD HODEL’ S 1988 MEMO ON RS 2477

    This is the text of the memorandum approved by Interior Secretary Donald Hodel in 1988. It is significant for two reasons. First, it summarizes the status of RS 2477 interactions with the public lands states and counties and reflects both past administrative actions and many court decisions. Second, as such, it illustrates how extreme the draft regulations issued by the Department of Interior just six years later really were and just how far they departed from previous policy and precedents.

  • COMMON RS 2477 MYTHS REFUTED

    Opponents of public access to the public lands–primarily environmental activists but also some federal bureaucrats who find RS 2477 rights-of-way “inconvenient”–are actively spreading myths and misinformation about RS 2477. Some of the most common are reproduced here along with the truth.

  • AN RS 2477 PRIMER: A BRIEF ANALYSIS OF A ONE-SENTENCE LAW

    RS 2477 (which is an abbreviation of “Revised Statutes 2477”) was passed in 1866 and is a very short law, only one sentence long. It states, in its entirety, that “the right-of-way for the construction of highways over public lands, not reserved for public uses, is hereby granted.” Defining some of the terms and phrases […]

  • A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF RS 2477

    RS 2477 is a statute adopted in 1866 to facilitate the settlement of the West by encouraging the development of a system of roads and trails. The name “RS 2477” is an abbreviation of “Revised Statute 2477.” That name, in turn, comes from the placement of the original law in a reorganized version of the […]

  • TEN ESSENTIAL POINTS CONCERNING R.S. 2477 RIGHTS-OF-WAY

    By Barbara Hjelle This article originally appeared in the Journal of Energy, Natural Resources, & Environmental Law published by the University of Utah College of Law, Vol. 14, No.2 1994, pp. 301-322. I. UNDER R.S. 2477 CONGRESS OFFERED A SELF-EXECUTING GRANT OF RIGHTS-OF-WAY. 3 II. PERFECTED R.S. 2477 RIGHTS#2 VESTED AS PROPERTY RIGHTS. 5 III. […]