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Cho Oyu Tibet

This is a place where I intend to post dispatches from our attempt on Cho Oyu April 18-May 31.   Our three team members are Frederick Johansson, Andrea Rigotti and yours truly.  Dispatches may also be found at our group website here.  www.chooyunews.com  …

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Added by John Quillen on April 16, 2016 at 7:30am — 18 Comments

SFW letter to Tn State Parks Director Regarding B/C Fees at S. Cumberland



Mr. Robertson

Thanks for your response, however I find it difficult to agree with your assertion that taxpaying citizens are "appreciative" of the opportunity to pay to use public lands wherein no amenities other than a cumbersome reservation system are provided.  I also find it highly specious that, as public lands czar for our great state, you were unaware of the Smokies fee scandal since you seem to have followed their…

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Added by John Quillen on October 2, 2015 at 6:04pm — No Comments

SFW Response 9/10/15

Case Number 15-5413

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS

FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT

___________________________________________

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC. et al.,

Plaintiffs-Appellants,

vs.

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR

SALLY JEWELL, et al.,…

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Added by John Quillen on September 10, 2015 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Myer's Appeal to Sixth Circuit 6/29/15

Case Number 15-5413

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS

FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT

___________________________________________

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC. et al.,

Plaintiffs-Appellants,

vs.

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR

SALLY JEWELL, et al.,

Defendants-Appellees.

____________________________________

Appeal From the United States District Court

For The Eastern District of Tennessee

Docket Number 3:13-cv-00116-TWP-HBG…

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Added by John Quillen on June 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

NPS Response Feb 2015

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT  EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE  AT KNOXVILLE    SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC., )  et al., )  Plaintiffs, )  )  v. ) CIV. NO. 3:13-CV-116  ) (PHILLIPS/GUYTON)  )  SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, )  SALLY JEWELL, et al., )  )  Defendants. )   DEFENDANTS’ REPLY TO  PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE TO DEFENDANTS’ BRIEF   Federal Defendants (Defendants), by and through William C. Killian, United States  Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, hereby…
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Added by John Quillen on March 1, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments

Motion to vacate Fee Brief filed by Myers part 2

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

AT KNOXVILLE

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC., )

et al., )

Plaintiffs, )

)

v. ) CIV NO. 3:13-cv-116…

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Added by John Quillen on July 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

SFW Motion to Vacate Brief

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

AT KNOXVILLE

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC., )

et al., )

)

Plaintiffs, )

)

v. ) CIV NO. 3:13-cv-116

) (HOOD/GUYTON)

SECRETARY OF THE…

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Added by John Quillen on July 28, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Court Ruling on SFW lawsuit 3/25/2014

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

AT KNOXVILLE

 

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC.,      )

et al.,                           )

                                  )

Plaintiffs,                  )    Civil Action No.

                             )    3:13-cv-116-JMH-HBG

v.                               …

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Added by John Quillen on March 25, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Myers Response to Govt 2/10/14

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

AT KNOXVILLE

 

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC.,                   )

et…

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Added by John Quillen on February 12, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

SFW Response to Govt Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE

AT KNOXVILLE

SOUTHERN FOREST WATCH, INC., )

et al., )

)

Plaintiffs, )

)

v. ) CIV NO. 3:13-cv-116

) (HOOD/GUYTON)

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR )

SALLY JEWELL, et al., )

)

Defendants. )

PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSIVE BRIEF IN

OPPOSITION OF DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS

Come plaintiffs, through counsel, and respond to the defendants’ motion to dismiss as…

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Added by John Quillen on October 17, 2013 at 10:23am — 4 Comments

Broad Peak Expedition

I wanted to share a link to our expedition in case anyone wishes to follow our trek into the Karakoram.  We will likely have little to no communication once past Skardu.

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Added by John Quillen on June 6, 2013 at 10:15am — 145 Comments

Southern Forest Watch Logo

Okay, we are taking a vote.  There is some division about the preferred new SFW logo designs created so artfully by Mr. Michael Shannon.  So I decided to have a vote.  If you prefer the Full Owl or the Owl Eye, please indicate so in the comments below.  I will say that we give it one week before the consensus is made. Remember, this will be our trademark, non profit logo forever!…

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Added by John Quillen on July 30, 2012 at 2:47pm — 28 Comments

Meeting Minutes Southern Forest Watch and Ditmanson plus Park Leadership

 

(The enclosed document is a summary of the meeting between Southern Forest Watch and Smokies Leadership. Notes were taken by Melissa Cobern, NPS backcountry specialist and a copy was requested by the Southern Forest Watch.)…

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Added by John Quillen on July 19, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Outdoor Quotations

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.                                   John Muir

Added by John Quillen on April 26, 2012 at 5:10pm — 4 Comments

Sugarlands Rally and Informational Demonstration 4/21/12

I was proud to be in the company of fellow Southern Forest Watch coalition members who donated their saturday to spread the message.  Despite the looming threat of rain, the weather held off until our mission for the day was completed.  We were very well received.  Myers and his daughters provided musical entertainment, many questions were answered and hundreds of folks are now properly informed about this tax on backpackers.  Adam had his fly fishing gear, Gregg and I laid out backpacking…

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Added by John Quillen on April 23, 2012 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

Letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

 

The following letter was crafted by myself, Jim Casada and Adam Beal on behalf of the Southern Forest Watch and will be forwarded to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in one month.  Should you wish to have your name attached, please indicate below. For folks not members of this forum you may indicate your desire to sign off by contacting us through our website, http://southernforestwatch.org and signing the guest…

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Added by John Quillen on March 16, 2012 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Ekaneetlee Trace, a manway adventure

(the following bushwhack was completed Thanksgiving, 2010. I only recently finished the story.)

Ekaneetlee Trace

By John Quillen

The first crossing out of campsite 90 was wet so we booted off and waded up to our knees. Frigid post Thanksgiving air was offset by a bright late morning sun. It…

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Added by John Quillen on February 17, 2012 at 7:43pm — 4 Comments

Bent Arm Manway

This is a classic Smokies manway experience that we completed a while back.  If there were ever a trail that needs to be put back on the map, in my opinion, it is this one.  Of course, that would piss off all us bushwhackers and I know who clips that one out for us.  Finding the start of this route is the toughest part.  And I'm not going to tell.  The manway story is at the end of this trip report.

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Added by John Quillen on December 26, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

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