As those of you in the Southeast are aware, much of the Upper Tellico OHV area has been shut down in recent months for government hydrological research---specifically, to study the effects of sedimentary runoff from the OHV area into the surrounding waterways, and its subsequent effect (if any) on local fish stocks. Well, now the studies have been published and the park authorities have made their tentative decision. Out of six possible options that were considered, the choice the rangers have recommended is to effectively close down Tellico indefinitely to recreational four wheeling. As of now, the park is under a temporary closure order through April 1, and while the situation looks grim, there is still time---slightly less than a month, to be precise---to get involved, lobby the government, and keep this beloved four-wheeling destination open and accessible to all.
The Southern Four Wheel Drive Association has been taking the lead in organizing wheelers from across the country in this fight. Visit their website---and we mean right now---to get the facts about Upper Tellico, and to learn what you can do to help in the fight to keep her open. Do it today!