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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Tellico's day in court has arrived, today @ 9:30ish I believe.
I don't suspect an actual ruling will come today but the case will be presented.
If I hear anything, I'llpost up.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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I have never personally been there since I have never had a rig that capable. But I am for preserving every bit of land we can wheel on. Will I ever compete in the Hammers? Probably not. Will I do what I can from across the country in Hooiserville? Fuck yes I will.
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I have never personally been there since I have never had a rig that capable. But I am for preserving every bit of land we can wheel on. Will I ever compete in the Hammers? Probably not. Will I do what I can from across the country in Hooiserville? Fuck yes I will.
Having been there Tellico had a lot to offer. Not only did they have extream trails but many that mildly built rigs could handle and even some for stockers. It could be very entertaining to watch the extream rigs on some of the trails.

Even though the dammage has already been done I hope they win this battle.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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Can somebody give me Cliffnotes on what is going on?
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 09:32 AM   #7
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Can somebody give me Cliffnotes on what is going on?
Once upon a time there was a cool place to off-road. People abused their privilidges, others acted responsibly, and yet others didn't even get a chance to go. Along came concerns of erosion, environmental impact, trail sustainability, fish, wildlife, and hippies. Bye bye place to off-road. Hello battle in court over land and opportunity to continue to access the land for orb recreation.
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Once upon a time there was a cool place to off-road. People abused their privilidges, others acted responsibly, and yet others didn't even get a chance to go. Along came concerns of erosion, environmental impact, trail sustainability, fish, wildlife, and hippies. Bye bye place to off-road. Hello battle in court over land and opportunity to continue to access the land for orb recreation.
Was this private land or public?
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Thanks for the updates Jim.

Tellico started having seasonal closures in the mid-2000s, kinda similar to the Mounds. I think they did it one or two years.

Then Trout Unlimited file suit against the Forest Service saying that the ORV area was the cause of too high of silt levels in the local river. The Forest Service responded by closing the area to allow for a study with a promise to reopen. It has not been open since.

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA), UFWDA, Blue Ribbon and other groups have been fighting to get it reopened.

Currently they are trying to sue for illegal closue, as SFWDA hired an independent engineering firm that showed water levels were within limits.

Since closing the park, Trail 1 that connected NC to Tennesee has been paved (literally) for thru traffic. The area is being extensively logged, and pictures show that little to no changes have been made to reduce the silt that was the original reason for closing the area to ORVers.

There is a Tellico section on pirate4x4 that has pictures from a few years ago of the logging operation.
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I have never personally been there since I have never had a rig that capable. But I am for preserving every bit of land we can wheel on. Will I ever compete in the Hammers? Probably not. Will I do what I can from across the country in Hooiserville? Fuck yes I will.
It was a fun place, even for smaller rigs. Our main group in 2006 was mostly on 35-37s, and that was a good size to go through all of the trails there.

What I really liked about Tellico, is that they were trails, not just obstacles. you kinda all had to go down the trail, or turn back. Kind of the anti-Harlan. (just my personal preference, I know lots of people like shorter trails and play areas with smooth roads between) Had to work to get all of your vehicles through. Also, the scenery is really nice. We camped close by, on the river. That was a nice spot.
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It was a fun place, even for smaller rigs. Our main group in 2006 was mostly on 35-37s, and that was a good size to go through all of the trails there.

What I really liked about Tellico, is that they were trails, not just obstacles. you kinda all had to go down the trail, or turn back. Kind of the anti-Harlan. (just my personal preference, I know lots of people like shorter trails and play areas with smooth roads between) Had to work to get all of your vehicles through. Also, the scenery is really nice. We camped close by, on the river. That was a nice spot.
I agree. It was great trail riding. I miss that style of riding.

I was there on 33s, 35s, and 39s. Had fun every time.
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I was there on 37's. Plenty to do.
The trail concept is what made it so great and cannot be duplicated in a small park setting.
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I went there 3 weeks before it was completely closed, a few of the more extreme trails had been closed already. It was a cool place to wheel, I've not found anything similar since.
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It was a fun place, even for smaller rigs. Our main group in 2006 was mostly on 35-37s, and that was a good size to go through all of the trails there.

What I really liked about Tellico, is that they were trails, not just obstacles. you kinda all had to go down the trail, or turn back. Kind of the anti-Harlan. (just my personal preference, I know lots of people like shorter trails and play areas with smooth roads between) Had to work to get all of your vehicles through. Also, the scenery is really nice. We camped close by, on the river. That was a nice spot.

This.

I went 2x on ifs, rear locker, 33's.....drove there, wheeled, drove home.....some of the best trips i have ever been on.
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What sucks here is, as i understand it, the trails are gone already. We will never get the tellico we knew back....its more a struggle to prove that what was done was wrong and set precedent for future fights. Do i understand correctly?
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It was a fun place, even for smaller rigs. Our main group in 2006 was mostly on 35-37s, and that was a good size to go through all of the trails there.

What I really liked about Tellico, is that they were trails, not just obstacles. you kinda all had to go down the trail, or turn back. Kind of the anti-Harlan. (just my personal preference, I know lots of people like shorter trails and play areas with smooth roads between) Had to work to get all of your vehicles through. Also, the scenery is really nice. We camped close by, on the river. That was a nice spot.
Now I am really sad I never got the experience. Although my junk is just IFS locked front and rear on 33's. I do go until something goes boom though.

I hope they win, this is a place I could make a weekend of.
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