Erosion concerns in Tennessee may pose threat to ATV enthusiasts

Officials have been ordered to look into environmental concerns about the effects of all-terrain vehicles on a mountaintop in East Tennessee, reports The Washington Examiner.

Cummings Cove is approximately 1,200-acres on Aetna Mountain, between Chattanooga’s Lookout Valley and Nickajack Lake in Marion County, Tennessee. Several state environmental agencies have urged the local Wildlife Management Agency to resolve the erosion problems that are escalating in the area, reports the source.

While the management agency is receiving pressure from state organizations to prevent the use of all-terrain vehicles, local ATV enthusiasts are lobbying to keep the area open for their sport. Since most of the land is private property, little can be done to ban the use of all-terrain vehicles in the area. However, state and community officials may be able to provide materials that help keep soil in place.

Jute Netting is a high-quality device made from natural fibers. It stabilizes the soil and promotes the establishment of permanent vegetation on all types of terrain. The device also conforms to slopes, which can help Tennessee officials keep erosion under control even on steep mountains. Using Jute Netting may be an easy way to prevent devastating environmental effects seen through the regular use of all-terrain vehicles in some parts of the United States.

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