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Bill would add nearly 8,000 acres of NE Tennessee land to protected wilderness in Cherokee National Forest

Johnson City Press
Friday, April 11, 2014
Brad Hicks

Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, legislation to protect nearly 20,000 acres of public land within East Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest has cleared its first hurdle. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013.

WILDERNESS: Senate panel advances bill protecting Tenn. forest

Greenwire - The Leader in Energy & Environmental Policy News
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Phil Taylor and Amanda Peterka, E&E reporters

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.

Tcwp seeks congressional support for wilderness act

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Darrell Richardson
A half dozen participants of a coalition representing both the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Tennessee Wild paid a visit last week to the offices of The Oak Ridger to promote passage of what they refer to as the "widely and locally supported" Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013.

Forget the Beach; Spring Breakers Hit Tennessee's Woods

Public News Service
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
John Michaelson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They could have picked ski slopes or maybe a sunny beach, but some college students are choosing instead to spend their time away from class in the wildest woods in Tennessee. Their alternative spring break program is offered by theSouthern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS). Director Bill Hodge said the students gain a real appreciation of the commitment needed, since only basic hand tools are allowed in forests designated as wilderness.

Tennessee Wilderness Act should be passed

Johnson City Press
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Scotty Bowman
JOHNSON CITY - I am writing this letter to show my support for Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Tennessee Wilderness Act 2013(S. 1294).

Tennessee Wild 2014 Launch in Chattanooga - Thursday, February 6th, 6:00-8:00

Friday, January 31, 2014
Pat Byington
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Sampson Mountain wilderness offers untouched space, expansive views

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Morgan Simmons
GREENEVILLE — There are places in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest that are every bit as wild and untrammeled as the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park — but you have to know where to look. 
The Sampson Mountain Wildern

Sohn: Wilderness needs an act of Congress

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Pam Sohn

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.

A Push for New Tennessee Wilderness Act on 29th Anniversary

Public News Service-TN
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
John Michaelson

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.

Wheeler: Support conservation to keep city growing

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Monday, October 14, 2013
Dawson Wheeler

This summer, Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker jointly introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act, a bill that will protect forever some of Tennessee's most enduring and beautiful places in the Cherokee National Forest.

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