Passage of Wilderness Act is Key to our Area

February 26th, 2015 11:04 am by JOHNSON CITY PRESS Legislation to designate additional acreage in the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness areas is still making its way through Congress. And as Press staff writer Tony Casey reported earlier this week, local conservationists are urging area residents to let U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, and others […]

Wilderness expansion would be a huge win for Tennessee

Johnson City Press Monday, April 28, 2014 Legislation to designate additional acreage in the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness areas has passed a crucial first test in Congress. As Erwin Bureau Chief Brad Hicks has reported, the Tennessee Wilderness Act was approved by the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on April 15. U.S. […]

Bill would add nearly 8,000 acres of NE Tennessee land to protected wilderness in Cherokee National Forest

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Johnson City Press Friday, April 11, 2014 Wilderness Proposal for Big Laurel Branch Wilderness Addition in the Cherokee National Forest. Brad Hicks Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, legislation to protect nearly 20,000 acres of public land within East Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest has cleared its first hurdle. […]

WILDERNESS: Senate panel advances bill protecting Tenn. forest

Greenwire – The Leader in Energy & Environmental Policy News Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Phil Taylor and Amanda Peterka, E&E reporters The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee this morning approved a Republican bill that would designate nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness in eastern Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest, a proposal backed by sportsmen and conservationists. […]