When the banks of the Wyoming River burst their banks in a torrential rainstorm, thousands of people lost their homes, cars and belongings.
They fled to bankhead National Forest in Colorado, where they had built their own homes and camps.
But when they returned to their homes they were horrified to discover that they had been stripped of their belongings.
This story highlights the challenges of conserving a federally managed wilderness area and shows how the Federal Government can use its legal authority to protect the parkland.
The bankhead is the largest federal wilderness area in the United States, stretching from Utah to Canada.
The vast, dry plains, valleys and high mountain ranges make it the third largest wilderness area after Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Its forests and grasslands provide habitat for animals such as bison and elk, and are home to thousands of species of wildflowers and native plants.
But the banks have been affected by the development of highways, which cut through the national forest.
The banks have long been subject to wildfires, but in recent years have seen an increase in activity.
Wildfires have killed at least four people in the area since 2013.
In a landmark lawsuit filed in 2014, the government of Wyoming sought to protect these bankhead areas from wildfires by establishing a legal process to manage their banks and by requiring a minimum number of people to live there.
But in a court filing in April 2017, the Department of the Interior argued that Congress could not regulate the banks without violating the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
The Tenth Amendment says: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The Department of Interior argued in its motion that Congress has the authority to regulate the bankhead because it has “significant authority to establish and maintain its own land management plan, to make and enforce grazing rules, to regulate and manage the grazing lands, and to prescribe the management and use of lands and waters within its jurisdiction.”
But it noted that this authority extends to the banks and that the courts have never addressed the legality of federal regulations that apply to other federal lands.
“The courts have held that Congress can regulate, as well as the states, the banks by regulating the lands and the waters within their jurisdiction, even if they are in another state,” wrote Assistant Attorney General for the Bureau of Land Management, John B. Brown, in his brief.
“If the Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments are interpreted to forbid the States from regulating the banks, then the States can regulate them as well.”
Brown also cited the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee that the Constitution protects against self-incrimination.
He said that, even though the courts generally have held in favor of the government’s power to regulate, there is no clear law to support the government taking the bank at the banks’ expense.
“Congress does not have the authority under the Tenth, Fourteenth or Fourteenth Amendment to regulate a private private entity or a private corporation, and thus Congress may not do so,” Brown wrote.
“We therefore hold that Congress cannot, without violating a specific constitutional provision, regulate the national bank in this manner.”
The government argues that, because banks are private entities, Congress cannot regulate them in a manner that would limit their ability to use federal land for other purposes.
The Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to private property and the right of property owners to make use of the land in accordance with their own property interests.
Brown said that the Tenth is intended to protect those same interests, but that Congress does not recognize this right.
“It does not authorize Congress to make regulations to regulate or regulate the private rights and interests of private property owners,” Brown said.
“There is no legislative enactment in the Bill of Rights that requires Congress to protect private property rights and property rights.”
The bank is a federally-managed national forest in the state of Wyoming.
In 2016, the Bureau’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) initiated a program to improve access to the bank.
The program was funded through a $2 million appropriation from Congress.
The NRCS said that after conducting a thorough review of the bank, the agency determined that it could safely manage the bank for the long-term.
However, in October 2018, the NRCSS announced that the bank would be closed.
The agency said it needed more funding to continue its work and that this would likely take months.
In October 2020, the Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau closed the bank to visitors, while the Bureau and the NSCS worked to complete a plan for its return.
The government has not released a plan to return the bank or released the total amount of funds it has invested to fund it.
“Today’s decision is a major victory for the public,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement.
“These important sites represent significant