SJ has a new Facebook Page

We’re finally getting with the times and migrating from our old Facebook ‘Group’ to a shiny new Facebook ‘Page’.

This will let us better manage our content, make it easier for interested folks to subscribe, and is all around ‘better’.

We hope you’ll join us there!

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Trailfest 2014 is coming!

Southern Jeeps hopes to see you at SFWDA’s TrailFest, May 2-4 at Adventure OffRoad Park in South Pittsburgh Tennessee!

You can register here !

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An important note on Tellico from SFWDA

Hope everyone can take a moment to read this important note from the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association on Tellico.

For those of you who dont know, SFWDA has lead the fight in land use and preservation of our rights to use and recreate on the Tellico OHV System in partnership with BRC and UFWDA. Please read the article below, and if you are able, contribute to the cause!

thanks,
Lucas

The fight for Tellico is not over by any stretch…

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 the partner groups, SFWDA, BRC, and UFWDA, are holding them accountable for that decision. We will not and cannot abandon this fight. Tellico is important, not only as a trail system, but also to put a marker down for the Agency to understand that closure is the LAST OPTION for ongoing management FOR recreational access. If the administrative decision at Tellico is allowed to stand, where is the next place they will just decide to close without legitimate management?

We know that information on the Tellico battle has been sparse and we apologize for that. In today’s world of rapid communications, we hope you understand that strategy is a challenging thing to keep from your adversaries. But that certainly doesn’t mean we haven’t been diligent in the battle.

In this process, we meticulously exhausted every option throughout the administrative process, 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 avenue in an attempt to come to some amenable resolution with the Forest Service for the Trail System at Tellico—again to no avail.

The groups have decided that “enough is enough” and have now formally requested to put the issue in front of a judge to decide. As it stands now, all the briefs have been filed and we are awaiting our day in court this spring.

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.

As we said, the fight is NOT over and our day in court is finally on the horizon. Win or lose in court, we expect there will be an appeal. We have come so far. Please help us push this fight to the finish with a generous donation to the Rescue Tellico Fund at: http://www.sfwda.org/reopen-tellico/

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March Social Gathering

SJ’s March get-together will happen at Caffeine and Octane, Sunday March 4th from 8-11AM. The event takes place on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta, just west of GA 400.

All of the event details are here.

Hope to see you there!

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January Meeting

The January meeting will be held at SmokeJack BBQ on Saturday, January 7th at 11:00 am. The address for SmokeJack is 29 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

Here is a link to the location on Google maps. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=t&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLD_en___US258&q=smoke+jack+alpharetta

Please park in the back parking lot and enter the restaurant from the back patio. To get to the back parking lot from HWY 9, turn by the Marathon gas station sign. As you enter the building from the back patio, the meeting room will be to your right and up the stairs.

Board member elections will be held at this meeting as well as discussing the new focus and direction for the club in 2012. Please make plans to attend.

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New website

We have a new website! The content is basically the same as before, but the new site will be easier to manage and maintain. This means we’ll be able to update the information more often.

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