The Tennessee Wilderness Act gets hearing, outside support

By Joel Davis The Tennessee Wilderness Act, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, is gaining outside support. The bill, which would designate nearly 20,000 acres in six areas of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness areas, was the subject of a recent hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and […]

Local coalition applauds Tennessee Wilderness Act hearing in U.S. Senate Committee

Coalition calls on Congress to pass legislation this year Knoxville, TN (July 16, 2015) – The Tennessee Wild Coalition today applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry’s hearing on the Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 755). The legislation was introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and is supported by a diverse […]

Tennessee Wilderness Act would help protect God’s creation

Op-Ed in the Knoxville News Sentinel by Jeff Wadley For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a park ranger. I grew up in Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and my love and appreciation for the great outdoors made that profession an easy dream for me. However, […]

Wilderness Act must be passed

Letter to the Editor by Robertson McGavock, Treasurer, Tennessee Trails Association Chapter Hixson The Cherokee National Forest — stretching across East Tennessee — is treasured acreage. Trout species swim its streams; dozens of mammals and birds, reptiles and amphibians populate its woods. It’s also an outdoor recreation playground. From all over the world, hikers and […]

Why Congress should OK the Tennessee Wilderness Act

Op-Ed in the Oak Ridger by former mayor Tom Beehan It’s no secret: The world comes to Tennessee to enjoy outdoor recreation and tourism. Numbers tell the story: $8.2 billion is the annual impact on the state’s economy; 83,000 Tennesseans rely on recreation and tourism for their employment. Among the most popular tourist destinations is the “Secret […]