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Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Alexander, Corker Legislation to Preserve Nearly 20,000 Acres in Cherokee National Forest

Alexander says Tennessee Wilderness Act would help protect “some of the wildest, most pristine and beautiful areas in East Tennessee.”

“The Tennessee Wilderness Act would preserve federally owned land that has been managed as wilderness areas since 2004. Creating and expanding these wilderness areas would have no effect on privately-owned land and will not increase costs for taxpayers.”

Tennessee’s wilderness takes critical step toward protection

Local community cheers Senators and urges for House introduction

Chattanooga, TN (April 8, 2014) –Senate Committee passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 1294)  was applauded today by a diverse coalition of hunters, anglers, business owners, faith leaders, outdoor recreationists, and conservationists.

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.

Tcwp seeks congressional support for wilderness act

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Darrell Richardson
A half dozen participants of a coalition representing both the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Tennessee Wild paid a visit last week to the offices of The Oak Ridger to promote passage of what they refer to as the "widely and locally supported" Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013.

Forget the Beach; Spring Breakers Hit Tennessee's Woods

Public News Service
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
John Michaelson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They could have picked ski slopes or maybe a sunny beach, but some college students are choosing instead to spend their time away from class in the wildest woods in Tennessee. Their alternative spring break program is offered by theSouthern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS). Director Bill Hodge said the students gain a real appreciation of the commitment needed, since only basic hand tools are allowed in forests designated as wilderness.

Tennessee Wilderness Act should be passed

Johnson City Press
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Scotty Bowman
JOHNSON CITY - I am writing this letter to show my support for Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Tennessee Wilderness Act 2013(S. 1294).

Tennessee Wild 2014 Launch in Chattanooga - Thursday, February 6th, 6:00-8:00

Friday, January 31, 2014
Pat Byington
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Sampson Mountain wilderness offers untouched space, expansive views

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Morgan Simmons
GREENEVILLE — There are places in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest that are every bit as wild and untrammeled as the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park — but you have to know where to look. 
The Sampson Mountain Wildern

Tennessee Wild 2013 Fall Outings Schedule

Please join Tennessee Wild this fall, as we explore eastern Tennessee through a series of hikes and activities ranging from a hike of the Cumberland Trail to viewing Sand Hill Cranes.  Please join us!  If you have any questions contact Pat Byington, at Pat@wildsouth.org .

Here is the Tennessee Wild Fall Calendar

A Push for New Tennessee Wilderness Act on 29th Anniversary

Public News Service-TN
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
John Michaelson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With Congress back in session this week, a renewed push is on for passage of a new Tennessee Wilderness Act.

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the original. The first Tennessee Wilderness Act was signed into law Oct. 30, 1984, by President Reagan. Leading the effort locally at the time was Will Skelton of Knoxville.

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