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Bill would add nearly 8,000 acres of NE Tennessee land to protected wilderness in Cherokee National ForestApril 14th, 2014
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee this morning approved a Republican bill that would designate nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness in eastern Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest, a proposal backed by sportsmen and conservationists.
Nearly 30 years ago, the first Tennessee Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It permanently protects places we now know as the Big Frog, Little Frog and Sampson Mountain wilderness areas.
Two years later, Reagan signed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1986, expanding the Big Frog Wilderness Area by 3,000 acres. That bill also expanded protection for the Appalachian Trail by creating the Pond Mountain, Unaka Mountain and Big Laurel Branch wilderness areas.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With Congress back in session this week, a renewed push is on for passage of a new Tennessee Wilderness Act.
Today marks the 29th anniversary of the original. The first Tennessee Wilderness Act was signed into law Oct. 30, 1984, by President Reagan. Leading the effort locally at the time was Will Skelton of Knoxville.