Wilderness Act is key to local economy

Johnson City Press April 22, 2016 BY DAVID A. RAMSEY Tennessee is blessed with millions of acres rich in opportunities for the hunter, fisher, hiker, camper and many other outdoor enthusiasts, but nowhere are those opportunities any finer than in the Cherokee National Forest, which is this state’s only national forest. That is why the […]

Congress urged to pass Wilderness Act

Knoxville News Sentinel Jimmy Groton April 7, 2016 It is not often that you pick up the newspaper and agree wholeheartedly with something you read. Well, that is how I felt after reading Jeff Hunter’s guest column, “The Tennessee Wilderness Act should be law.” For nearly eight years, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker […]

Tennessee Wilderness Act would safeguard natural treasures

  Kingsport Times-News March 28, 2016 Editor’s note: Guest editorials may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the newspaper. The following is from Ian Rutter, owner of R and R Fly Fishing in Townsend, Tenn., and a fishing guide who leads trips throughout East Tennessee including the Cherokee National Forest. _______________ March 22 was World Water Day, […]

The Tennessee Wilderness Act should be law

Knoxville News Sentinel March 26, 2016 Jeff Hunter I have had the privilege of hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail — 2,190 miles. I am especially fond of the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness area located in Carter and Johnson counties. It has some of the most remote recreational opportunities in all of Tennessee, […]

Roe introduces Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2016

By Rebekah Price, Elizabethton Star Published 10:01am Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Last week, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) introduced an act that would expand two existing wilderness areas, designating nearly 7,500 acres in Tennessee’s First Congressional District as wilderness. The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2016 would expand the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness, which is located in […]