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 […]

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 […]

East Tennessee says Thank You


On Sunday, March 22, 2015, the Tennessee Wild Coalition ran a Thank You ad in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The ad — on the heels of the introduction of the Tennessee Wilderness Act — thanked Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker for their unwavering leadership in protecting Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest for future generations […]

Why does the Tennessee Wilderness Act have so much support?

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Over the past 5+ years, I have traveled across and up and down the State of Tennessee talking to people about wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest. With the recent reintroduction of the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013 (S. 1294) in the United States Senate by Senators Lamar Alexander & Bob Corker, I have been reflecting on […]