The Tennessee Wilderness Act introduced in the Senate!

We’re hoping the fourth time is the charm for the Tennessee Wilderness Act, which was reintroduced recently. The act protects nearly 20,000 acres, adding acreage to five existing wilderness areas and creating the new Upper Bald River Wilderness. All of these areas were recommended for protection by the U.S. Forest Service in its 2004 management plan, and the proposal has garnered enthusiastic bipartisan support from Tennessee businesses, organizations, and community leaders. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages the Cherokee National Forest, has also supported the Tennessee Wilderness Act.

S. 755 protects biologically rich habitat important to brook trout, black bear, bobcat, and white-tailed deer – as well as migratory, breeding, and wintering areas for numerous bird species. Additionally, the protected areas also would include portions of the popular Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail as well as areas close to the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Cherokee National Forest, site of whitewater events during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Senators Alexander and Corker have introduced this legislation four times since 2010. We thank them for not giving up on protecting these special places, equally important for our ecology and our economy alike. We are hopeful that Congress will consider this bill and swiftly approve it. Please take a moment to thank your two U.S. Senators for reintroducing this bill and to encourage your Representatives to take up this legislation in the House. Thank you.

Take Action Now!

  • Contact Senator Alexander and Senator Corker and thank them for their leadership regarding this important legislation – the Tennessee Wilderness Act!
  • Contact your Congressional Representative and urge him/her to support the Tennessee Wilderness Act! Click here to find your Representative.

Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation

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

Senator Bob Corker (R)Senator Bob Corker (R)

Rep. Phil Roe (R), 1st DistrictRep. Phil Roe (R), 1st District

Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R), 3rd DistrictRep. Chuck Fleischmann (R), 3rd District

Additional Ways to Get Involved

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  • Distribute materials, lead outings, host meetings or letter writing parties
  • Invite Tennessee Wild to speak to your club, civic group, organization or business

Please contact Laura Hodge for more information about Tennessee Wild!