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Peter Vahry
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« on: February 27, 2009, 04:19:52 pm »

Take Action to Save Tellico...NOW!

Southern FWDA met with the USFS today and heard a presentation on what will be in their Environmental Assessment. While they have 7 alternatives that they are considering, their preferred alternative is to CLOSE TELLICO. While we know that this is completely unacceptable and will cause immediate and intense emotional reaction, we are asking that everyone maintain a level head and concentrate on what our task is now.

STEP 1: The FS Supervisor issued a TEMPORARY CLOSURE ORDER that will keep Tellico closed until they decide what the fate of the area will be. This means that TELLICO WILL NOT REOPEN ON APRIL 1ST! Please read the order here: http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tu...ry_closure.pdf. and provide comments to the temporary closure. Be sure to talk about all the plans you have to use the area and all the events that are already scheduled and that you have paid to attend. WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!

STEP 2: We must, at all costs, provide as many SUBSTANTIVE comments about the EA as humanly possible. And we are ready. SFWDA requests that you download the study that we commissioned (Recommended Trail System Repair and Maintenance Plan Upper Tellico OHV System) and that you download the FSí EA which is posted here (Upper Tellico OHV Area ) and that you compare the two side by side and start making comments. Our study will give you the data that you need to make comments about the surveys that have been done, the lack of maintenance they FS has completed, the science, the engineering, the economics, EVERYTHING.

We will work to have a letter generator up, but honestly, we need for you to take pencil to paper and think this through. Copy this announcement and send it to your friends, family, and everyone you know.

STEP 3: The other thing we need and you know what is coming; is money. In this tough economic time, itís hard to find a few dollars to support a cause, but if you enjoy the Tellico area, or even the dying sport of OHV and 4X4 recreation, please consider a donation to Rescue Tellico so that we may continue to fight for Tellico. Rescue Tellico Fund

STEP 4: In an effort to show that we will not accept these actions, Crawfordís Campground is committing to continue on with the plans for Spring Fling on April 4th. Please consider attending and showing your support and helping to raise money for Rescue Tellico.

So you know, SFWDA is working very closely with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and BlueRibbon Coalition to review these documents. BE ASSURED that the lawyers will be reviewing all of these documents in detail and that we are all ready to take whatever action is warranted to further the fight to KEEP TELLICO OPEN!

Thank you for your help!!!

SFWDA, UFWDA, and BRC

Heather,  SFWDA Director of Land Management
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Jim Mazzola
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 06:38:22 pm »

So does UFWDA have an opinion on which Alternative we stand the best chance of securing?
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009, 08:23:34 pm »

Jim, Carla is working at Cape Hatteras for the next few days and since she was advising SFWDA we may need to wait for her advice.

Peter
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 11:00:54 pm »

Standing by ... and in the mean time there is much to read and review.
Thanks SFWDA and ALL!
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 12:00:49 am »

Sorry to see this.  Hopefully we can convince the Forest Service that we also care about the environment and are willing to help maintain the trails in a manner to minimize any environmental impact.

Correct url for the temporary closure order referenced in the original post: http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico/temporary_closure.pdf
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