|Submitted||May 5, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request records of communications with David Bernhardt of Brownstein, Hyatt Farber and Schreck, LLP from 2011 through 2015. Please include emails (email@example.com), letters, and meeting summaries. This request should be limited to individuals who communicated with lobbyists on the Rosemont Copper Mine, which required permits from the Southwest Region's Coronado National Forest.
I respectfully request that you waive all fees in connection with this request as provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The Sierra Club is a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the requested information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can be better informed and meaningfully participate in the debate over our nation's natural resources.
The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government by demonstrating the likely views and conflicts of interest of an individual who has been nominated to be the second-in-command at the department.
The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area, specifically the development of policies designed to protect public lands and waters and responsible manage its mineral resources. Our supporters have filed millions of public comments to agencies related to these issues.
The Sierra Club also has the ability and intention to disseminate the information it receives through this request. The information may be shared through emails to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, Facebook and Twitter posts reaching thousands of individuals, articles on our website, and analysis provided to the media.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
May 05, 2017 2017-FS-R3-04075-F Dear Alexander Rony: Thank you for your recentFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the United States Forest Service(FS) FS Region 3 This email acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request datedMay 05, 2017 which was received in the FS Region 3 office onMay 05, 2017. You requested: hereby request records of communications with David Bernhardt of Brownstein, Hyatt Farber and Schreck, LLP from 2011 through 2015. Please include emails (firstname.lastname@example.org), letters, and meeting summaries. This request should be limited to individuals who communicated with lobbyists on the Rosemont Copper Mine, which required permits from the Southwest Region's Coronado National Forest.
YourFOIA request is among numerous other requests that the FS Region 3 Officereceives. We are diligently working toprocess each request in the order in which it was received. Please be assured that every attempt will bemade to respond to your request within 20 working days (excluding weekends andholidays) from the date of our receipt of your request. If you do not receive a response by that cutoff please feel free to submit a query via email to our org box at email@example.com or login to our PALS system for an update,please reference your assigned case number, 2017-FS-R3-04075-F.
Yourpatience is greatly appreciated.
FS Region 3 333 Broadway SE Albuquerque, NM 87102
Please find attached letter in response to your FOIA request.
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Mr. Joyner and Ms. Derobertis,
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