Bill would designate 7,500 acres as wilderness

By Michael Collins of the Knoxville News Sentinel Feb. 11, 2016 U.S. Rep. Phil Roe SHARE WASHINGTON — Nearly 7,500 acres in East Tennessee would be designated as federally protected wilderness areas and would be added to the Cherokee National Forest under a bill filed Thursday by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe. Roe’s bill, called the […]

Praise for Rep. Phil Roe’s Bill to Protect Tennessee’s Natural Heritage

Local coalition applauds House proposal that complements work by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker Johnson City, TN (February 11, 2016) – A diverse coalition of outdoorsmen, business owners, faith leaders, and conservationists today praised a new bill introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) that would safeguard roughly 7,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest […]

Letter: Wilderness Act Needed

Knoxville News Sentinel 3:00 AM, Dec 7, 2015 It’s good to learn that Republicans in Congress pushed through a law to protect 275,000 acres of wilderness in Idaho. But I was very disappointed to find out that legislation to conserve a small fraction of that amount in East Tennessee is dying from neglect. Everybody in […]

Michael Collins: No-cost bill to protect Cherokee Forest stalled

POSTED: 4:04 AM, Oct 5, 2015 Knoxville News Sentinel TAG: business journal (/topic/business+journal) Supporters of a bill that would add almost 20,000 acres of designated wilderness to Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest are growing impatient. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act for the fourth time in March. A Senate committee […]

Congress can leave legacy of nature to Tennessee posterity

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:00 am Ever gone fishing and come back with an empty stringer? Frustrating isn’t it. You know the fish are down there, just under the surface. You know you’re using the right bait. The cast is placing the lure in just the right spot. But nada. So it is with […]