The Honorable Chuck Fleischmann
900 Georgia Avenue – Suite 126
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Dear Congressman Fleischmann,
I am writing today to urge you to work with other members of Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation to protect Tennessee’s wild lands and heritage.
On April 27, 2017, Senators Alexander and Corker and Dr. Phil Roe introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act – S.973 and H.R. 2218 that would permanently protect nearly 20,000 of wild forests and streams in the Cherokee National Forest.
Protecting these unique areas is important for numerous reasons. Wilderness contributes greatly to our fast-growing tourism economy and the quality of life in Tennessee. It ensures recreational opportunities like hunting and fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and paddling are protected for future generations. Wilderness also protects important wildlife habitat, while safeguarding watersheds and drinking water sources for nearby communities. Importantly, protecting these federal lands does not cost the American taxpayer anything.
Areas in your district that will be permanently protected include nearly twelve miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail,, the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area in Monroe County, and the Little Frog & Big Frog Wilderness Study Areas in Polk County.
It is critically important to support this important legislation that enjoys the support from East Tennessee businesses, sportsmen and women, community groups and conservationists.
I hope you will work to protect these and all wilderness quality lands for now and generations to come. Please support the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2017.