Legal Efforts To Save Tellico Fall Short
January 22, 2010 1:00 AM
Forest Service Denies Appeal On Tellico
October 15, 2009 12:00 AM
Recreational Groups Decry Tellico Closure
March 19, 2009 12:00 AM
Lawsuits threaten IMMEDIATE CLOSURE of OHV trails!
Enough is enough! Help Rescue Tellico!
If ever there were a fight for public lands access, Tellico has certainly been that fight. What the Forest Service did in choosing to close Tellico was wrong, and we are holding them accountable for that decision.
This fight is NOT over by any means. All the briefs have been filed and we are awaiting our day in court this spring. Win or lose in court, we expect there will be an appeal, and we need your support and donations to ensure we can continue this fight to the end.
Not counting the twenty-year history of working with the Forest Service with thousands of volunteer hours, the fight for Tellico has been long and arduous. Commendably demonstrating their resolve in Tellico, to date Southern Four Wheel Drive Association’s Rescue Tellico Fund alone has received $56,883.80 in support contributions and spent nearly $132,000.00 in professional and legal fees in the fight for Tellico, with over $75,000.00 coming from Southern’s normal income and cash reserves to make up the difference.
The partner groups in the fight for Tellico, SFWDA, BRC, and UFWDA, are not giving up-we cannot give up. If the administrative decision at Tellico is allowed to stand, where is the next place they will just decide to close without legitimate management?
In this process, we diligently exhausted every administrative option, including appeals. In the end, it was to no avail. The Forest Service did not listen. Unfortunately, the partnership had no other option but to choose the route of legal action and, along with it, the challenging process of working through the court system. Throughout the legal process, we have continued our efforts to explore every legal resolution avenue in an attempt to come to some amenable solution with the Forest Service for the Trail System at Tellico-again to no avail.
We followed through on our promise to fight the total closure at Tellico. Unfortunately, in the final analysis, our effort came up short. The fact that we could not overturn the Forest Service closure does not mean the effort was unproductive. Hopefully we have developed a base of support and gotten the attention of the Forest Service in the southeast. If nothing else we have shown that the OHV community is not the path of least resistance, and we will learn from the Tellico effort as we continue the important work of preserving and enhancing riding opportunities in the southeast.
- #1 – Complaint 05-18-10
- #33 – Memo in Support of MSJ 05-16-11
- #35 – Declaration of Robert W. Kelley 05-16-11
- #39 – Memo in Support of MSJ 08-3-11
- #40-1 – Memo in Support of MSJ 08-4-11
- #41 – Plaintiffs’ Reply Memo on Cross-MSJ 09-15-11
- #47 – Memorandum Decision and Order Re Motion for Summary Judgment 09.19.12