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Carla Boucher
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« on: June 02, 2008, 08:20:05 am »

Rescue Tellico

Save Tellico Now
Before There Is Nothing Left To Save


SFWDA, UFWDA, BRC files Law Suit

On Thursday, May 22, 2008, The Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) along with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) filed suit in US District Court Western District of North Carolina against the US 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. 

A Little Background
On June 28, 2007, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed a "notice of intent to sue" the USFS on behalf of the North Carolina and Tennessee Councils of Trout Unlimited, as well as Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project.  SELC’s threat demanded that the Forest Service permanently close trails, and seasonally close the entire system.

Caving under the pressure of SELC and TU, the Forest Service announced on December 18, 2007 there would be a seasonal closure of the entire trail system and Trails Lower 2, 7, and 9 would be closed for a year to assess the condition of the trails to see what needs to be done. 

Closing trails does not address the issues and SFWDA feels that the Forest Service took steps that are not correct.  This lawsuit is intended to reopen the trails that were improperly closed.

SFWDA has worked with the US Forest Service in the Tellico OHV area for over 20 years, providing free maintenance and restoration work to address the agency-wide maintenance backlog estimated nationwide at over $100 billion.  The trail maintance, clean up, and volunteer work we have donated to the area is well over $100,000 just in the past few years.  SFWDA values the relationship we have with the US Forest Service and plan to continue the work, volunteering and cleaning up as we’ve done in the past. 

What are the effects of the closures?
The impact of closing the trails has greatly wounded the economy in the area.  Not only are there fewer places to ride in the Upper Tellico area, but local businesses have felt the impact.  Cabin Rentals, Campgrounds, parts stores have all seen a decrease in business.  Outside of the impact to the economy, this act sets a precedent for large special interest groups to bully our government to preferentially close access to public land to one user group.

What you can do
Frankly,   law suits are not cheap.  We need your donations.  You can donate online at www.SFWDA.org or Tax deductable at www.sharetrails.org/rescue-tellico or donate tax deductable through the United Land Action Fund at P.O. Box 15696, Chesapeake, VA  23328.  You can purchase Rescue Tellico Items at www.cafepress.com/rescuetellico.  All proceeds are donated to the Rescue Tellico Fund.

At the very least we need your membership.  If you are not a member of any or all the below mentioned groups we need you.  Please join us so that you can have your voice counted in unison with ours.  If you have always wondered, what does my membership get me, here is your answer.  SFWDA, UFWDA, and BRC are fighting to keep trails open so we have places to ride.

Please spread the word.  This is not only a 4x4 problem but ATV, Motorcycle and UTV’s are affected as well. 

Who’s Who
The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742.  www.sharetrails.org

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932.  www.ufwda.org

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) was founded in 1987 to promote responsible land use and to keep public lands accessible for motorized recreation. Since the formation of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, the focus and mission is to promote responsible land use and to help keep public lands open for motorized recreation.  For more information on the activities and accomplishments of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, please visit www.sfwda.org or contact us at 1483 N. Mt. Juliet Road, PMB # 222, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122


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Carla Boucher, Attorney
United Four Wheel Drive Associations
P.O. Box 15696
Chesapeake, VA  23328
(757) 546-7969
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008, 03:36:49 pm »

DONATE TO HELP RESCUE TELLICO!


SCHOOL BUS – GONE! 
LOWER/UPPER 2 – GONE! 
SLICK ROCK – GONE!

If you wheel or ride the Upper Tellico OHV Area, these names are very familiar to you.  If you haven’t had the pleasure to experience Tellico these names are synonymous with Sledghammer, Rubicon, Hole-in the-rock, Cinder Hills, Poison Spider Mesa, Achy-Breaky, Slaughterhouse Gulch.  More importantly, you need to know that if the Forest Service and extremist groups have their way; these Tellico trails will no longer exist.

The Forest Service instituted temporary closures on these trails at the end of last year.  The closures were originally demanded in a notice of intent to sue from the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Trout Unlimited.  The closures came with a promise to address the issues in planning, but instead of working to resolve the issues, the Forest Service has now proposed complete removal of these trails from the area—cutting the heart right out of the OHV experience of Tellico.  It’s like someone removing the transfer case shifter and asking you to put it in 4WD. 

With unprecedented unity, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA), United Four Wheel Associations (UFWDA), and the Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) have teamed up to stop this travesty.  Together, we have taken legal action and we need your financial support.  With an estimated need of $100,000, Rescue Tellico has been formed to fund this effort. 

Please join us in the fight by sending a generous donation to the Rescue Tellico Fund. 

Each year, thousands of enthusiasts enjoy the trails in the Upper Tellico OHV Area.  They come because the 39 miles that make up the Tellico OHV experience are among the few premier Off Highway Vehicle trails left east of the Mississippi river.  The trails they are erasing are literally the heart of that experience—they are the reason people come.  Without them there is no Tellico.  If the FS and these special interest groups get their way, you won’t even need four-wheel drive on what is left in Tellico for trails.  Your mom’s Oldsmobile would do fine.

Since the formation of Southern in 1987, thousands of volunteer hours representing hundreds of thousands of dollars have been invested in trail maintenance at Tellico to keep the area open.  We cannot let it go by the wayside.  Win or lose, we must draw the line in the sand because this goes deeper than just Tellico.  This is about holding their feet to the fire on making sound management decisions to manage FOR OHV recreation… not FROM OHV recreation.  What premier area is next on the chopping block? 

Now is the time to stand up for what is right and help us in the fight to keep Tellico open by donating to this effort.  Your donation will be earmarked and go directly to the legal efforts to keep Tellico open.  Through the web site and other communication methods we will work to keep everyone informed as to the progress of the environmental analysis and other appropriate information.

Complete information concerning these proposed trail closures and modifications is on the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association web site at www.sfwda.org
   
If you enjoy OHV recreation and especially if you recreate in the Upper Tellico Area, the time to act is now.  You CAN make a difference.  Tax deductable donations can also be made through the United Land Action Fund at P.O. Box 15696, Chesapeake, VA 23328.  You can make your donation online at http://www.sharetrails.org/rescue-tellico.  You can purchase Rescue Tellico Items at www.cafepress.com/rescuetellico. All proceeds are donated to the Rescue Tellico Fund.

Sincerely,

Gary Parsons
President, Southern United Four Wheel Drive Association

Carla Boucher
Attorney, United Four Wheel Drive Associations

Greg Mumm
Executive Director, BlueRibbon Coalition

PS.  At the very least we need your membership. If you are not a member of any or all the below mentioned groups we need you. Please join us so that you can have your voice counted in unison with ours. If you have always wondered, what does my membership get me, here is your answer. SFWDA, UFWDA, and BRC are fighting to keep trails open so we have places to ride.

Please spread the word. This is not only about 4x4 trails.  ATV, Motorcycle and UTVs are affected as well.


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Carla Boucher, Attorney
United Four Wheel Drive Associations
P.O. Box 15696
Chesapeake, VA  23328
(757) 546-7969
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