Statement from the Tennessee Wild Coalition on inclusion of the Tennessee Wilderness Act in the 2018 Farm Bill

The following statement is from Laura Hodge, campaign coordinator for the Tennessee Wild Coalition, following the conference committee release of the Farm Bill text, which includes the Tennessee Wilderness Act: “The Tennessee Wild Coalition is thrilled to see the Tennessee Wilderness Act included in the Farm Bill. These protections are decades in the making, and […]

U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Tennessee Wilderness Act

Little falls above the famous Bald River Falls-Bill and Laura Hodge

Coalition calls on Congress to pass legislation this year Chattanooga, TN (November 9, 2017) – The Tennessee Wild Coalition today applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for passing the Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 973). The legislation, originally introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and was incorporated into Senator […]

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 […]