Tennessee Wilderness Act would help protect God’s creation

Op-Ed in the Knoxville News Sentinel by Jeff Wadley For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a park ranger. I grew up in Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and my love and appreciation for the great outdoors made that profession an easy dream for me. However, […]

Wilderness Act must be passed

Letter to the Editor by Robertson McGavock, Treasurer, Tennessee Trails Association Chapter Hixson The Cherokee National Forest — stretching across East Tennessee — is treasured acreage. Trout species swim its streams; dozens of mammals and birds, reptiles and amphibians populate its woods. It’s also an outdoor recreation playground. From all over the world, hikers and […]

Why Congress should OK the Tennessee Wilderness Act

Op-Ed in the Oak Ridger by former mayor Tom Beehan It’s no secret: The world comes to Tennessee to enjoy outdoor recreation and tourism. Numbers tell the story: $8.2 billion is the annual impact on the state’s economy; 83,000 Tennesseans rely on recreation and tourism for their employment. Among the most popular tourist destinations is the “Secret […]

The Tennessee Wilderness Act: Will the fourth time be the charm?

Chattanooga Times Free Press March 23rd, 2015 The wilderness area of Big Frog Mountain could be enlarged under proposed federal legislation. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press. Tennessee Republican senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have introduced — for a fourth time — the Tennessee Wilderness Act. This legislation, the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2015, […]

Editorial: Wilderness Act needs passage to preserve land

Knoxville News Sentinel Mar 23, 2015 U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker once again have filed the Tennessee Wilderness Act, which would protect nearly 20,000 acres spread among six wilderness areas in Cherokee National Forest. There is no reason Congress should allow the measure to die as it has the previous three times it […]