Message to the Senate Returning Without Approval a Bill Authorizing Private Access Across a Portion of Buffalo National River Park
the Senate of the
am returning herewith without my approval S. 1259, a bill to grant a right of access
across a portion of
Through various efforts in recent years, the landowner has sought a shortcut across Park lands for access to a public road near his land, as an alternative to the means of access across private lands that he already enjoys. The landowner claimed unsuccessfully in court that certain Park land constituted a public road on which he and other members of the public were entitled to travel. The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas found that he had ``no right to use a part of the Buffalo River National Park lands for access to his residence.'' Jones v. Gould and the Department of the Interior, Civil No. 83 - 3097 (1983), 12. Upon appeal of the case, a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the decision of the lower court, stating that ``the district court's finding that no public road existed is correct.'' Jones v. Gould and the Department of the Interior, 741 F. 2d 220 (1984), 221.
If we begin with S. 1259 to establish by private bills special roadway privileges in our National Parks for the convenience of private landowners fortunate enough to have sufficient influence to secure passage of such bills, we will have begun to squander our national treasure.
Accordingly, I cannot approve S. 1259.
The White House,
Note: The message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 12.