Do you live in TENNESSEE ? . . . . . . . . . . Then PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign this

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by ihatefalling, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    Short version :

    We're asking T.W.R.A. to stop restricting and, open up more OHV access on state owned land (mainly W.M.A.s).

    PLEASE SIGN THIS


    The state of Tennessee own a LOT of land.

    A lot of that land is designated as WMAs (Wildlife Management Areas.)

    It is managed by the T.W.R.A. (TN Wildlife Resources Agency).

    The main use of WMAs is hunting.

    Needless to say - is very under-utilized land.

    Granted , there is some OHV access on some WMAs.....and we are very thankful.

    However there are tens of thousands (if not over 100,000 acres) that are basically "you can walk in and hunt or take pictures or hike.....bot no bikes or anything else".

    We're asking for more access and less restrictions.

    THANK YOU
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  2. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    I don't live in TN anymore, but I signed it anyway and used my Mom's address. Maybe they won't catch it. :D
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  3. graygoat657

    graygoat657 Been here awhile

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  4. patmo

    patmo Long timer

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    Done
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  5. mikejohn

    mikejohn Long timer

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    Done signed
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  6. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    I live in tennessee and am a bit iffy on this.
    I am a hunter and a rider.
    Some areas should remain roadless.
    Too damn many quads tossing out beer cans as it is. They dont need to clutter everything up with their beer cans and open pipes.
    my2cents
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  7. TommyBoy420

    TommyBoy420 Adventurer

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    Signed and Done
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  8. Dukerdr

    Dukerdr New old guy

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    +1

    But I do agree that there needs to be more than just a couple of riding areas in the State owned by the State.

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  9. Spacelord

    Spacelord Mutha Mutha

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    Signed it. Using my parents address.
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  10. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Unfortunately you can't fix stupid. Signed.
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  11. patmo

    patmo Long timer

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    Would you object to building a park in the intercity...because of the possiblity of gang members hanging out there?

    The problem is NOT the riding area or park...it's the actions of SOME of the users. So CHANGE the behavior of them and DON'T penalize the ones that will use it correctly and not abuse the privilege.

    NOT saying that ALL lands need to be open to motorized uses, BUT I do feel that there needs to be MORE than there is right now. Heck, they could open up a few 500-1000 acre areas for riding and STILL have hundreds of square MILES of closed off land. According to their own website, there are almost 100 WMA sites in Tenn. varying in size from 53 to 625,000 acres. It is already unlawful for achaholic drinks to be consumed in most of those areas, along with requiring that any motorized vehicle have mufflers. All vehicles must remain on designated trails or public roads. Of course, these are laws that are not always enforced and are not in effect on privately owned land.
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  12. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    Granted - we'll never get past stupid folks who break the rules and/or litter.

    Managed OHV areas with pay access will (should) be able help control the bad folks.

    Works pretty well in other states.
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  13. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad Wandering around

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    Signed and replied!
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  14. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    Big South Fork NRA at one time was opened to un-plated atvs and motorcycles on gravel and dirt roads only. ATVs would not stay out of the river channel and would not stop make trails into roadless areas. As a result, all non-plated vehicles are now banned. ATVs refused to obey the law, impervious to tickets and fines. The park discovered it is an all or none situation. And i am glad of it, I can canoe down the river without having some boozed up dude on a quad come zipping by.
    Sorry, but some areas should remain off-limits.
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  15. patmo

    patmo Long timer

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    Agreed.

    Some....but NOT ALL
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  16. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    Not ALL currently are, consider Royal Blue in east tn for instance. Ride your dirtbike and quad as fast and far and loud as you want, all day long. But not in the Big South Fork just up the road please.
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  17. patmo

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    Yes...but what if that area is not easily accessible? How about opening up some sections in the middle and western parts of the state, for people that live in those areas? I don't know of ANY PUBLIC LAND in those areas that is open. All anyone is asking for is access to SOME additional areas. As has been pointed out in prior posts, there are thousands of acres of WMA area that could be opened up, WITHOUT ever touching the Big South Fork area or other heavily visited areas.
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  18. deaconjones

    deaconjones Been here awhile

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    Done.
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  19. 75bronco

    75bronco Been here awhile

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    That fair enough. I did not know you had nothing in west tn.
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  20. Mossy_Crk

    Mossy_Crk Fallen over

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    The petition is great and all, but it's very important that as constituents we contact our representatives personally as well. Let them hear from your mouth how the change would benefit your family, community, and the state. It's easy to disregard a short item with a bunch of signatures. It's more difficult to ignore several hundred people calling the office.
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