Harris: Building upon Reagan’s Wilderness Legacy

Nov. 6, 2016 Dr. Richard Harris Chattanooga Times Free Press When President Ronald Reagan signed the Tennessee Wilderness Act into law 32 years ago last week, the Act created the Big Frog, Citico Creek and Bald River Gorge wilderness areas. These places in the Cherokee National Forest play a critical role in preserving the health […]

Outdoorsman urges passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act

Big Laurel Branch Wilderness Study Area. Credit: Bill & Laura Hodge

Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1986, preserving for future generations roughly 30,000 acres of public lands, including Big Laurel Branch Wilderness, just east of Piney Flats. Resting just above Watauga Lake, Big Laurel Branch Wilderness is an outfitter’s dream come true. As the owner of an outfitter shop, protected public […]

Wild Birds Unlimited manager seeks help

When you ask visitors what attracts them to East Tennessee, chances are “the great outdoors” will be a big part of their answer. The Great Smoky Mountains are Tennessee’s most visited outdoor site. Just a short drive away, you will find the Cherokee National Forest. The forest features pristine wildlife and majestic views along with a […]

Musings on the Upper Bald River

The gravel road climbs and winds for two miles through dense, steep forest before peaking and descending slowly to the top of the gorge. In total, the drive is five slow miles. On this day, I am the only one on the road. The sky is alive and fluttering with brilliantly-yellow tiger swallowtails when I […]

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 […]