Tennessee Wilderness Act introduced today!

Praise for Bills to Protect Tennessee’s Natural Heritage Chattanooga, TN (April 27th, 2017) – Today, Tennessee Wild applauded Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Bob Corker, and Congressman Phil Roe for reintroducing legislation to designate new wilderness areas on the Cherokee National Forest. The legislation would safeguard clean water, preserve critical wildlife habitat, and enhance northeast Tennessee’s […]

Bill introduced to expand wilderness in Polk, Monroe counties

Times Free Press April 27th, 2017 by Staff  The wilderness area of Big Frog Mountain could be enlarged under proposed federal legislation. Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press. Tennessee’s two U.S. senators and a House colleague have introduced a bill that would expand wilderness lands in the Cherokee National Forest, including in Polk and […]

Alexander, Corker, Roe Introduce Tennessee Wilderness Act

The Chattanoogan April 27, 2017   Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Rep. Phil Roe on Thursday introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act. “I grew up hiking the mountains of East Tennessee and conserving some of the most beautiful areas in our state gives future generations of Tennesseans the same sort of opportunity,” Senator Alexander […]

Harris: Building upon Reagan’s Wilderness Legacy

Nov. 6, 2016 Dr. Richard Harris Chattanooga Times Free Press When President Ronald Reagan signed the Tennessee Wilderness Act into law 32 years ago last week, the Act created the Big Frog, Citico Creek and Bald River Gorge wilderness areas. These places in the Cherokee National Forest play a critical role in preserving the health […]

Outdoorsman urges passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act

Big Laurel Branch Wilderness Study Area. Credit: Bill & Laura Hodge

Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1986, preserving for future generations roughly 30,000 acres of public lands, including Big Laurel Branch Wilderness, just east of Piney Flats. Resting just above Watauga Lake, Big Laurel Branch Wilderness is an outfitter’s dream come true. As the owner of an outfitter shop, protected public […]