The father of a forestry worker has won a major legal victory in his US legal battle against the National Forest Service.
Theodore “Ted” Fong, 73, of Miami, Florida, won a decision in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to permanently block the agency’s plan to close the site of his son’s funeral home, the Florida Times-Union reported on Monday.
The funeral home is at the edge of the Blue Ridge National Forest and has been in existence since 1975.
It is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country.
In a written statement, Fong said: ‘I am gratified by the Court’s ruling.
I believe the closure is unnecessary and contrary to the values of the land and the people of the state of Tennessee.
I hope this decision will ensure that this land remains open for the benefit of the people who inhabit it for generations to come.’
Fong, who also founded the Blue Hills Historical Association, said he hoped the court would help ensure that his son would be able to have a dignified funeral and that the community of Blue Hills will have access to his grave.
He said he would also work to secure the burial site for his son.’
The closure will not help anyone,’ he said.
‘It will only hurt the people that love this land.’
We are hoping that the court will also protect this community and preserve its beauty.’
The Blue Hills Memorial Service was held in October 2017.
The ceremony was attended by hundreds of mourners.