As thousands of Tennesseans await reintroduction of the Tennessee Wilderness Act by Senator Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Wild is raising awareness about this important bill with an amazing piece of art created by local artist Hollie Berry. For the past year, Berry has been drawing what she calls "DEW"dles in the wet grass in Coolidge Park in downtown Chattanooga.
Through the use of time lapse photography employed by Chattanooga based video company Fancy Rhino, and aided by beautiful footage from videographer David Madison, Tennessee Wild has captured Berry performing her magic... with a message! Checkout Hollie drawing an amazingly realistic Blue Ridge Two-Lined Salamander in the morning dew. Afterward, please take action to support the Tennessee Wilderness Act.
The Tennessee Wilderness Act, which would protect nearly 20,000 acres in Cherokee National Forest, is still pending in Congress.
Instead of being an example of a bipartisan commitment to protect deserving natural areas, it is becoming symbolic of dysfunction in Washington. It is not a controversial bill, and even a gridlocked, lame-duck Congress should find a way to pass it.
Today, our parters at the Pew Environment Group released a new video urging Americans to ask Congress to pass the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2011. With less than 3 weeks remaining before the 112th Congress adjourns, time is running out for wilderness! Please take a moment to watch this inspiring video of footage from the Cherokee National Forest, and then TAKE ACTION!. The video features a cameo from our business supporters at the Tellico Kats Deli in Tellico Plains, and photos from Bill & Laura Hodge and Jerry Greer Photography.
The 112th Congress has a lot of unfinished business that likely will remain undone before the current session concludes, yet there remains strong bipartisan support in both chambers to make some vital permanent additions to the nation's designated wilderness areas before this Congress adjourns. Among these long-sought additions are six outstanding tracts totaling nearly 20,000 acres of gloriously pristine land in East Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest. Action by Tennessee's senators and representatives to provide permanent protection of these tracts in the wilderness bill is crucial, and time is short.
The wilderness bill now before Congress is a slimmed down version of the original 2011 package, which included widely supported additions in 25 states. The trimmer version contains areas designated for wilderness areas that are already being managed as wilderness, and where there is no dispute about the merit of permanent wilderness designation, no roads to be closed, no taxes to be lost, no costs required for purchase. There are only benefits to designating them as lasting wilderness.