What
is so special about the upper Chattooga and why is worth fighting
for? The Chattooga is an extremely beautiful river, and its most
beautiful and most enjoyable sections to paddle are upstream of Hwy.
28, I have paddled Section I and, to me, all our efforts will be
worthwhile if we can legally do so again. Watch the video at American Whitewater to get some idea of what the 20+ miles upstream of
Hwy. 28 are like.


Because of its remoteness very little of river
there is currently accessed by fisherman, who mostly congregate near
the roads and the few trails to the river and in doing so damage and
litter these riparian areas much more than is visible on the sections
of the river which padlers have legal access to and regularly clean.
If canoeing and kayaking is allowed, perhaps the user group which will benefit the
most is the fishermen who also are or will become boaters so as more
easily to access the vast majority of the river’s best fishing holes
which are currently virtually inaccessible to them.

Boating
is by far the most effective and least environmentally damaging way
to experience the beauty and grandeur of the upper Chattooga. And
there is no user group which is as able to monitor and more motivated
to protect its pristene wilderness status than private boaters who
have the experience safely to paddle it.

If
one of the representatives who wrote to the USFS in 2007 oppositing
paddling in the upper Chattooga and/or if Gov. Sanford represents
you, I hope you will write to share you views on this issue.
Politicians generally respond to what they perceive the majority of
their constituents want.

SYOTR,
Roger Nott