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post #1 of 5 Old 01-22-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Please sign this petition to keep Aetna Mtn open to ride.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! TWRA is planning to close Aetna March12th 2012. This is not a rumor, it is the truth! WeRock is having and OPEN RIDE January 28th gates open @ 10:00am. It is FREE TO EVERYONE! I will have a petition there, that I hope everyone will feel free to sign. This petition will be signed to help keep TWRA property open to ATV Riders and not just Deer Hunters. Tell everyone you know to be there! We CAN make a differance and now is the time to prove it! Thank you all and I hope to see everyone @ the Werock Gate January 28th opening @ 10:00am. Here is the online petition site to sign and have your friends sign. Thanks!!!

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-02-2012, 06:41 AM
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Please take a minute to go to the site and sign this petition, if you haven't already.
It may or may not be enough to keep Aetna Mountain open, but we have to try.
How many wheeling spots will be left, if we don't join the fight to keep them open?

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-28-2012, 07:20 PM
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How did the petition go?
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-29-2012, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by xjguy1 View Post
How did the petition go?
The petition gathered a little over 5k signatures.
The powers that be still haven't publicly announced what they are going to do.
This is from an article from one of the local tv stations:

Around 200 ATV and off road vehicle enthusiasts sought answers on Thursday night.
News spread quickly last month that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency would no longer allow these vehicles on their 12-hundred acre property, which is part of the Forest Legacy Program.
Supporters of the group, We Rock Aetna Mountain, say they've been off roading on the property for years.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation tells TWRA there is now an issue.
"Silt came down off Aetna mountain and into the Tennessee River. There's a number of silt delta's in the Tennessee River and they traced this back to Aetna Mountain and part of the Cummings Cove WMA," says TWRA Regional Manager, John Mayer.

So, after many years, TWRA will have to start enforcing the ban on ATV's.
But some people fear it comes down to much more than silt and erosion.
"In my mind and in my heart I know what's happening. They're in connection with Black Creek estates, which is Black Creek Farms, they're trying to swap out some of their TWRA land," says Christie Perkins with We Rock Aetna Mountain.
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The ride (save Aetna) that was on 1/28 had an awesome turnout there were around 2000 or more people showed up and had a 3 mile long line into the werock land. As of right now we are still able to ride on the mountain but we have to take an alternate route to go around the TWRA land in question. They have it posted no atv's. Now that the media and some senators are involved there's no telling what will happen, all the atv shops are saying they are going to lose money during the summer because no one wants to buy a 4-wheeler if they cant ride it close to home and want to wait to see what happens.
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