Victory! The Tennessee Wilderness Act is now the law of the land! 

On December 20, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the Tennessee Wilderness Act into law.  Now, an additional 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest will be forever preserved for future generations

Help Thank Our Champions Now!

Contact Senator Alexander, Senator Corker and Congressman Phil Roe and thank them for their steadfast leadership in passing the Tennessee Wilderness Act!

Rep. Phil Roe (R), 1st District

Rep. Phil Roe (R), 1st District

Senator Lamar Alexander (R)Senator Lamar Alexander (R)

Senator Bob Corker (R)

Senator Bob Corker (R)

About the Tennessee Wilderness Act

The Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 973/H.R. 2218) was decades in the making, and is supported by a longstanding, diverse coalition of hunters, anglers, business owners, faith leaders, outdoor recreationists, local lawmakers, and conservationists.  The Act’s sponsors – Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative Phil Roe – have been outspoken advocates for protecting Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. The legislation designates the first new wilderness for Tennessee in 30 years, preserving some of the world’s most biologically diverse temperate forest and extensive stands of old-growth hardwood.

The legislation safeguards nearly 20,000 acres of public land in the Cherokee National Forest. It would expand the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock, Big Frog, Little Frog Mountain, Big Laurel Branch, and Sampson Mountain wilderness areas, and create the new 9,000-acre Upper Bald River Wilderness Area.   All these places were recommended for wilderness designation in the U.S. Forest Service’s 2004 management plan.

The areas within the Tennessee Wilderness Act are home to brook trout, white tailed deer, black bear, bobcat, turkey, and hundreds of additional species of animals and native plants. The legislation will also preserve a critical wildlife corridor for Black Bear, birds, and other species between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and areas within the proposal.

People come from near and far to hike, camp, climb, horseback ride, hunt, fish, and paddle in the Cherokee National Forest.  In fact, the Act would permanently protect premier hiking spots like 4.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail and nearly 15 miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail.  It would also preserve clean water prized by anglers and paddlers. The legislation will safeguard the headwaters of the Bald River, which ultimately reaches the Tennessee River and provides clean drinking water to many communities downstream.

Now, thanks to all your hard work, these areas are protected for future generations to enjoy!