'Efforts continue to save Tellico' - from the EastCoast4WheelDriveAssociation :
SouthernFourWheelDriveAssoc, UnitedFourWheelDriveAssoc, and BlueRibbonCoalition filed a notice of intent to sue with various federal agencies outlining possible claims under the CleanWaterAct. The claims target the U.SForestService decision dated Oct.14,2009, to close the Tellico trails to motorized travel. The organizations filed administrative appeals from the decision which were denied on Jan.15,2010.
"The agencies actions do not surprise us, but are cause for deep concern" said Roger Theurer, president of SouthernFWDA. "It is apparent the ForestService 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." he concluded. The Notice of Intent is a jurisdictional prerequisite to a citizens suit under the CleanWaterAct.