The Honorable Phil Roe
P.O. Box 1728
Kingsport, TN 37662
Dear Congressman Roe,
Thank you for introducing the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2017 (H.R. 2218) that will permanently protect nearly 8,000 acres of the northern Cherokee National Forest, and for your efforts to conserve these special places. I greatly appreciate your work to protect Tennessee’s natural heritage.
The acres protected by your bill are vital to conserving some of Tennessee’s most treasured lands for both recreation and for their conservation values. H.R.2218 provides permanent protection for over 4.5 miles of the famed Appalachian National Scenic Trail, protects important water sources and preserves spectacular views of our beloved mountain ranges while conserving the critical habitat of the rich plant and animal life in the Cherokee National Forest.
If these lands are designated as wilderness, current residents and businesses, as well as future generations of Tennesseans, will be able to count on having access to this nearby retreat for a wide variety of activities.
I greatly appreciate your leadership and thank you for introducing this important legislation.