Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: western n.c.
Bronco Info: '94 XLT stock 5 speed manual t-case (my 3rd bronco)
yeah, that's where it is. I live very close to tellico and the 'main' road is actually a residential road with a few small subdivisions on it, so the main road is still open, and the tellico area is open for foot traffic still, possbily mountain biking as well.
It's a real drag they closed it down, our area really really needs the tourist money from this, since our construction industry closed down we have almost NO jobs. I got stuck a while back and was trying to call a 4x4 tow truck to come get me out, all the guys who had offroad tow trucks have now either sold them or taken the tags and insurance off of them since the tellico thing went down...
I've been bashed before for stating this, but I'll say it again because it's the truth... as long as the offroad people keep with the argument that there is no sediment in the streams, the case is doomed... I went up there when they closed it and the streams were absolutely full of mud (sediment) (mountain streams are supposed to be sand and rock bottoms, not mud). However it was pretty clear that the HUGE clearcutting operations were the most responsible as you could see giant mud flows coming down the clear cuts and going straight into the creek. The other things to consider are farming, and residential construction adding to it. The trout stream behind my house now has a mud bottom in it as well from all the irresponsible farming going on up the valley. Maybe some folks should go up (wish I had the time) and walk the creeks with cameras taking pictures of where mud is coming into the creeks from, that would be a huge help to the case as if it could be proven that the majority sources of mud are from other activities then we may have a chance. It is laughable (if it weren't so sad) that they are convinced that 4x4 traffic has caused all of this. Possibly the building of silt ponds, silt fencing, and intelligent ditches could get rid of the bulk of any 4x4 generated runoff. I haven't been up there in almost a year, but will be going camping near there in a week so I'll try to remember to bring my camera this time and see if it's still like this... I really hope they can get the area re-opened again, the jeep jamboree, hummer meets, and other 4x4 travelers were a great boost to the local economy, not to mention I really enjoyed going up there and playing on the lesser trails. I never had a vehicle worthy of the bad ones.
Good luck to these folks involved in the suit! I really miss the tellico area being open!
"when man behaves like a beast he loses the pain of being man" by someone somewhere sometime...
'94 XLT stock 5 speed 302