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TUWC – Looking back on 2016

As another year draws to a close it is important to look back at what we have accomplished to better plan our goals for the new year. While we reflected the one thing that stuck with us was how much commitment Tulsa is showing to a renewed sense of community. A deep desire to be outdoors and a measurable value in what we have. Tulsa, again you leave us happy and speechless. Thank you.

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KOTV – River Parks Adding Fencing Around Turkey Mountain To Stop Illegal Dumping

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TUWC: Turkey Mountain and ATV’s

We’ve been blessed with a fairly mild winter, and if you go to Turkey Mountain on any given day – and especially on weekends – people have taken advantage of it. You see a lot of cyclists, runners, hikers, and even folks on horseback. Social media is peppered with folks from the Tulsa area chronicling their adventures at Turkey Mountain.

But more recently, a video surfaced showing something else. It showed someone on a motorcycle getting ready to take off down the Powerline Trail.

Special thanks to our friend Tony Russell at KOTV News on 6 for alerting us!

We can see why people might be tempted to bring off-road motorcycles or ATVs to Turkey Mountain. But before you do, there are things you should know.

First, as an entity of the River Parks system, motorized vehicles of any kind are prohibited from use at Turkey Mountain. That includes any sort of ATVs.

But second, you should understand why this is the case.

If you’re on your motorcycle or ATV, there is a strong chance you will be moving much faster than other users, even those on off-road bicycles. The likelihood of your ATV running up to other users is very high.

With most of the trails in heavily wooded areas, it is unlikely you would see someone in front of you or crossing your path until they were a few feet from you. And given the noise that comes with ATV use, you certainly won’t hear others.

The trails are almost all singletrack, meaning that they are wide enough for passage of a single runner, cyclist or rider on horseback. These tight confines make it difficult to maneuver on highly trafficked trails, raising the risk of collisions greatly. No one wants to see an accident between an ATV and a runner, cyclist, or a horse.

And finally, there is the issue of wear and tear on the trails. All user traffic has some impact on trails, but motorized vehicles tend to have the greatest impact and chew up the pathways the most. The trails at Turkey Mountain were not designed to withstand the punishment of motorized vehicles of any kind.

So what should you do?

In short, find places that are better suited for ATV use, meaning areas that are more wide-open and where the risk of running into other users is lessened.

Some ideas:

Family and friends who own larger pieces of property can give you better options, and without the risk of potentially injurious incidents with other people. You can tear it up in complete freedom, with just you and your friends.

A number of state parks have facilities built with ATV usage in mind. Lake Murray State Park, Little Sahara State Park, Talimena State Park and Robbers Cave State Park all include areas designated for ATV use. Dozens of other sites throughout Oklahoma also offer places for motorcycle and ATV off-road recreation. So if you don’t mind a little time on the road, you can make quite a weekend of it in places that cater to you.

There are also places you can go in the Ouachita National Forest in McCurtain County. Check out the regulations for that, but be secure in knowing there are some great places to ride in some of the most beautiful countryside in all of Oklahoma.

One of the things the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition stands for is people enjoying the outdoors, and we encourage you to do so responsibly. We certainly extend this to our friends who enjoy themselves on their ATVs. But in the case of Turkey Mountain, we’d ask that people find a place better suited for the higher speeds that motorized fun can bring, and to help keep Turkey Mountain wild.


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KOTV – Crowds Line Up To Oppose Proposed Turkey Mountain Outlet Mall

Crowds Line Up To Oppose Proposed Turkey Mountain Outlet Mall

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“I think they need to listen to the people. What is best for the public, best for the people that live in this area,” Turkey Mountain supporter, Sue Marlof said.

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KOTV- Meetings Held Over Controversial Turkey Mountain Mall Project

Meetings Held Over Controversial Turkey Mountain Mall Project

District Two City Councilor, Jeannie Cue, hosted a meeting for those who live closest to the urban wilderness.

Residents heard from city and corporate representatives about the project and got to voice their questions and concerns.

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KOTV: Designs Released For Proposed Mall Near Turkey Mountain

Designs Released For Proposed Mall Near Turkey Mountain

Colin Tawney monitored what came out of the meeting. He’s concerned about the mall’s development on a pristine recreational area in the middle of the city.

Tawney said even remote places of Turkey Mountain will be impacted by the project.

“You’re not in the city anymore right here; this is why people come out here. Looking out through the trees and seeing a mall there is the complete antithesis of that,” he said.

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KOTV: Tulsa Mardi Gras Parade Float Protests Turkey Mountain Mall

Tulsa Mardi Gras Parade Float Protests Turkey Mountain Mall

His 6-year-old daughter is his hiking buddy. She has a hand written message for the outlet folks.

She wrote them a note at school: “Dear Simon Malls: I would not like it if you destroy turkey mountain, signed Sadie.”

Dad’s afraid it will jeopardize the wildlife, cause increased traffic and otherwise ruin the Turkey Mountain experience.

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KOTV: Developer shares details about mall plan

Developer Unveils Details About West Tulsa Outlet Mall Plan

City Councilor Jeannie Cue likes the look of the place and the idea of a new source of sales tax.

“In my area, we have a lot of people from McAlester, Okmulgee, Bartlesville that come in to shop and we need those tax dollars for the growth and development of our city,” she said.

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