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Old 05-23-2008, 07:54 AM
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Default Tellico: some inspiration

The anti access folks love to resort to 'science' in their justifications for closure. Of course, this would be science that does not consider all species in the forest (human), nor economic impacts to surrounding communities, nor quality of life issues.

Note the below, especially in the wording from the Southern 4WD Association. Taking it to them on their own terms - but more adequately done.
CONTACT HEATHER SPIVY - (678) 463-7376

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UFWDA, BRC, and Southern contend is based on outdated and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.

Further information about the plaintiff organizations, including
information about developments in this action and others, can be
found as indicated below.

# # #

The BlueRibbon 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
-Bill Morgan
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