Wild Birds Unlimited manager seeks help

When you ask visitors what attracts them to East Tennessee, chances are “the great outdoors” will be a big part of their answer. The Great Smoky Mountains are Tennessee’s most visited outdoor site. Just a short drive away, you will find the Cherokee National Forest. The forest features pristine wildlife and majestic views along with a […]

Musings on the Upper Bald River

The gravel road climbs and winds for two miles through dense, steep forest before peaking and descending slowly to the top of the gorge. In total, the drive is five slow miles. On this day, I am the only one on the road. The sky is alive and fluttering with brilliantly-yellow tiger swallowtails when I […]

Wilderness Act is key to local economy

Johnson City Press April 22, 2016 BY DAVID A. RAMSEY Tennessee is blessed with millions of acres rich in opportunities for the hunter, fisher, hiker, camper and many other outdoor enthusiasts, but nowhere are those opportunities any finer than in the Cherokee National Forest, which is this state’s only national forest. That is why the […]

Congress urged to pass Wilderness Act

Knoxville News Sentinel Jimmy Groton April 7, 2016 It is not often that you pick up the newspaper and agree wholeheartedly with something you read. Well, that is how I felt after reading Jeff Hunter’s guest column, “The Tennessee Wilderness Act should be law.” For nearly eight years, U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker […]

Tennessee Wilderness Act would safeguard natural treasures

  Kingsport Times-News March 28, 2016 Editor’s note: Guest editorials may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the newspaper. The following is from Ian Rutter, owner of R and R Fly Fishing in Townsend, Tenn., and a fishing guide who leads trips throughout East Tennessee including the Cherokee National Forest. _______________ March 22 was World Water Day, […]