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    Default Tellico..... yes, Tellico

    May 7, 2010

    Organizations dedicated to active recreation management today announced their latest efforts to save access to the Upper Tellico OHV System. The Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, United Four Wheel Drive Association, and BlueRibbon Coalition filed a NOI, Notice of Intent to sue, with various federal agencies outlining possible claims under the Clean Water Act. The claims target the U.S. Forest Service decision dated October 14, 2009, to close the Tellico trails to motorized travel. The organizations filed administrative appeals from the decision, which were denied on January 15, 2010.

    “The agency’s actions do not surprise us, but are cause for deep concern,” said Roger Theurer, President of the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. “It is apparent the Forest Service has disavowed any interest in continuing historical, or any vehicle access to the System. We hope that our organizations have been equally clear that we will fight for reasonable and sustainable access. This is but one step in that continuing effort,” Theurer concluded.

    The NOI is a jurisdictional prerequisite to a citizen’s suit under the Clean Water Act.

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    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. For more information on the activities and accomplishments of South

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    right on boys. keep up the good fight.

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    btw: are there any more petitions or anything we can do/sign to show support? or is that jurisdictional too?

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    Try searching around on Blue Ribbons website.... I haven't had the time to look yet.

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    Glad I paid that Blue Ribbon membership this year.

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    at present there are no new petitions , this is just a notice of intenta prerequisite to a civilian law suit..
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    Good!!

    This entire situation is just the new LIBERAL administrations response to Trout Unlimiteds lawsuit to force closeure of the trails based on trail runoff into the streams. Studies proved there was some runoff but there was no major impact - its political BS where the environazis are trying to close our trails. Southern Four Wheel Drive Assoc works very hard on the trail system to prevent it from being an enviornmental problem. They invest much more time and money into Tellico than the USFS does.

    Finally, I think that Blueribbon, United, and SFWDA need to sue Trout Unlimited as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepinSoldier View Post

    Finally, I think that Blueribbon, United, and SFWDA need to sue Trout Unlimited as well.

    AMEN to that! tu.
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    BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC.
    MEDIA RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Roger Theurer, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
    (931) 841-0672
    Greg Mumm, BlueRibbon Coalition
    (208) 244-2112
    Date: May 18, 2010
    TELLICO LAWSUIT FILED
    POCATELLO, ID (May 18)--The next chapter in the Save Tellico saga began today as suit was filed to stop agency efforts to eliminate long-existing routes at the Upper Tellico OHV System. The suit was filed by Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and BlueRibbon Coalition in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
    "This is a logical and necessary action in our effort to restore some form of meaningful OHV access to the System," said Roger Theurer, President of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. "The entire premise behind this closure- that water quality is uniquely flawed in the Tellico River- is simply untrue. We hope through this suit for an opportunity to present the full story," Theurer concluded.
    On April 19, 2010, the Forest Service posted a solicitation for bids, seeking contractors to perform various tasks to rehabilitate, obliterate, or otherwise decommission the bulk of existing roads on the OHV System. According to the complaint, routes historically used for vehicle travel may be fundamental to other forms of recreation, and possible impacts on non-motorized recreation activities have not been analyzed by the Forest.
    "We prefer to work collaboratively with the Forest to provide appropriate vehicle-based recreation opportunities in the area," observed Greg Mumm, BlueRibbon Executive Director. "We remain committed to such prospects, but faced little option short of filing suit to preserve reasonable alternatives involving the System. These roads are literally on the verge of being removed from the landscape," Mumm concluded.
    A copy of the complaint may be viewed at: http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/C...D_05-18-10.pdf
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    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. 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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    NOHVCC http://www.nohvcc.org
    BRC http://www.sharetrails.org/ B.O.D. 2009 V.P. 2011-2013 Pres. 2013-2015


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