Trails closed to stop erosion
TELLICO PLAINS (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is closing off-road vehicle trails in the Cherokee National Forest during the winter to stop erosion.
Some campgrounds will see less use as a result of the closing of the trails near the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The trails are mostly in Cocke, Greene, Unicoi and Carter counties in Tennessee.
The 38-miles of trails will close during January and February, during the winter rainy season when erosion is worse.
Nantahala National Forest spokesman Terry Seydon said the closure will give vegetation a chance to grow again on the trails and prevent sediment from going into the Tellico River.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
Published in The Messenger 12.27.07