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Thank Senators Alexander & Corker for reintroducing the Tennessee Wilderness Act!

We're hoping the third time is the charm for Senator Alexander’s Tennessee Wilderness Act, which was reintroduced yesterday, just in time for next year’s 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The act protects nearly 20,000 acres, adding acreage to five existing wilderness areas and creating the new Upper Bald River Wilderness. All of these areas were recommended for protection by the U.S. Forest Service in its 2004 management plan, and the proposal has garnered enthusiastic bipartisan support from Tennessee businesses, organizations, and community leaders. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages the Cherokee National Forest, has also supported the Tennessee Wilderness Act.

S. 1294 protects biologically rich habitat important to brook trout, black bear, bobcat, and white-tailed deer – as well as migratory, breeding, and wintering areas for numerous bird species. Additionally, the protected areas also would include portions of the popular Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail as well as areas close to the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Cherokee National Forest, site of whitewater events during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Senator Alexander’s proposal has been introduced three times since 2010. We thank him and Senator Corker for not giving up on protecting these special places, important for wildlife and our community alike. We are hopeful that Congress will consider this bill and swiftly approve it. Please take a moment to thank your two U.S. Senators for reintroducing this bill. Thank you.

Take Action Now!

  • Contact Senator Alexander, thank him for his leadership and urge him to pass the the Tennessee Wilderness Act!
  • Contact Senator Corker, thank him for his leadership and urge him to pass the Tennessee Wilderness Act!
  • Contact your Congressional Representative and urge him/her to support the Tennessee Wilderness Act! Click here to find your Representative.

Tennessee's Congressional Delegation

Senator Lamar Alexander (R)

Senator Bob Corker (R)

Rep. Phil Roe (R), 1st District

Representative John J. Duncan Jr. (R), 2nd District

Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R), 3rd District

Additional Ways to Get Involved

  • Distribute materials, lead outings, host meetings or letter writing parties.
  • Invite Tennessee Wild's Coordinator Pat Byington to speak to your club, civic group, or business
  • Arrange a group hike with Tennessee Wild's Pat Byington.

To volunteer or schedule a presentation or hike, please contact Pat Byington at mailto:pat@wildsouth.org