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 we want to thank Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Congressman Phil Roe for their steadfast leadership in preserving this piece of the Cherokee National Forest in Northeast Tennessee.
“A diverse coalition of hunters, anglers, Faith leaders, small business owners, veterans, and conservationists worked for years to safeguard for the area’s wildlife, clean water, and outdoor recreation access. For five Congresses, this coalition has encouraged and supported our Senators as they championed these protections. Today, we are hoping these areas finally see the protection they deserve.
“The passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act will be a testament to the broad, bipartisan support for public lands and conservation in our country. America is defined by our natural beauty and our steadfast commitment to protecting it for future generations. Wilderness is our common ground and we look forward to the Farm Bill being signed into law.”