OHV Community to sue USFS to Reopen Closed Trails at Tellico

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OHV Community to sue USFS to Reopen Closed Trails at Tellico

Postby Sewie » Fri May 23, 2008 2:48 pm

http://www.sharetrails.org/releases/media/?story=587

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA), will file suit against the U.S. Forest Service to restore access to improperly closed off-highway recreation trails located in the Upper Tellico Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Area in North Carolina.

On December 18, 2007, the agency issued a closure order which UFWDA, BRC, and Southern contend is based on outdated and incomplete science. The law suit will seek to declare unlawful and set aside the closure order.

"Our organizations value their relationship with the Forest Service, however management by closure does not address the issues we need to be surmounting through collaborative and creative efforts," observed Jay Bird, of Southern Four Wheel Drive Associations. "There is no defensible scientific correlation between OHV use and water quality, erosion, and sedimentation issues in this area, and our organizations have long demonstrated their dedication to the environment and support of trout populations in the area through user education, route maintenance and improvement. Active and effective management of motorized recreation, not prohibition, is the only good answer for protecting water quality and species habitat at the Upper Tellico OHV area," Bird concluded.
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Re: OHV Community to sue USFS to Reopen Closed Trails at Tellico

Postby Jason » Fri May 23, 2008 4:06 pm

Thank goodness! It would be a travesty for Tellico's trail system to get smaller and smaller. I'm a member of the BRC and know for a fact that the money donated to them goes directly towards protecting my interests! 8) :D
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