TWA Bullet Points

  • No cost to taxpayers – It is already federal land. No land acquisition is required
  • Access will NOT change – hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping, paddling, and many other forms of non-mechanized recreation are allowed and enjoyed.
  • The areas are inventoried as ‘roadless’ by the USFS so no logging, extraction, mining, or road building is allowed now. No roads or facilities will be closed as a result of this legislation.
  • Recommended for wilderness by the USFS in the 2004 forest plan.
  • Wilderness benefits the economy by protecting recreational opportunities that generate over 8 billion dollars in Tennessee each year.
  • Tellico Plains – featuring Cherokee National Forest and Cherohala Skyway in marketing outreach:
    • Slogan: “The Little Town with the Big Back Yard”
    • Dedicated official “Trail Town” by the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and the Southeastern Foot Trails Association Aug, 2014
  • Wilderness assures investors that tourism and lifestyle amenities (recreation, scenic vistas, and opportunities for solitude) in gateway forest communities (Tellico Plains, Copperhill) are secure.
  • Wilderness areas cost the USFS far less to manage than other public lands.
  • Only 10% of the Cherokee National Forest is wilderness now; 13% after the TWA passes. The national average is 18%.
  • Strong, bipartisan, public support from businesses, organizations, faith groups, and individuals
  • Polls show that 74% of Tennesseans support designating additional Cherokee National Forest land as wilderness; 76% in the Third District, 79% in the First District
  • All major regional media outlets have editorialized in support
  • Protects nearly the entire headwaters of the Bald River, which ensures clean water to the Watauga, Nolichucky, Little Tennessee, Tellico, and Ocoee River Watersheds; We all live downstream.
  • Protects habitat for sport hunting and fishing game: black bear, boar, white tailed deer, and several trout species. Hunting and fishing means business to forest towns.
  • According to the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2012 economic report, the TN outdoor recreation industry generates $8.2 billion in consumer spending each year and creates 83,000 in direct jobs.
  • Communities with National Forest boundary and wilderness areas nearby are places where people want to live, work and recreate.