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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.

TN Wild Act working toward preserving TN landscape for future generations

The University ECHO
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sarah Kiefer

Editorial-In an attempt to preserve the beauty and majesty of Tennessee's natural landscape, supporters of the Tennessee Wilderness Act are looking to gain wilderness designation for parts of the Cherokee National Forest.

According to the Tennessee Wild website, the Wilderness Act (1964) defines wilderness as "land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable."

Wilderness offers peace, solitude

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Holli Richey

Between rushing to the next somewhere-you've-got-to-be, wilderness offers a sojourn into the middle of nowhere. Miles deep into Little Frog Wilderness Area, when sounds of Highway 64 are no longer audible, and the only sounds are wind, water, birds and our breathing, my companion hiker exclaims in awe, "We're in the middle of nowhere." That's what wilderness is, a place where one can be in the middle of wild, natural peace-nowhere. We see signs of bear; we smell the white pine; and the only sign of humans is the trail we follow.

Alexander doing the right thing

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Roger & Donna Shipley

Lamar Alexander was a two-term governor of Tennessee, the education secretary, and one of two senators who has represented Tennessee since 2003. He and

Sen. Corker are co-sponsoring the Wilderness Act of 2013, which protects more of the resources of the Cherokee National Forest.

I met him after his performance with the Knoxville Symphony to celebrate the 75 the anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Letter: Wilderness Act support is needed

Knoxville News Sentinel
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Glenn Marshall, Greenback, TN

Many of you use and enjoy the treasure that we have in the Cherokee National Forest, which runs along most of East Tennessee. Our U.S. senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, have proposed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013, which needs action by Congress. Besides the active promotion of this bill by our senators, there are dozens of organizations that support this project. This is an act that you should support, and it will help if you tell your federal representatives that you are for it.

Castellaw column: It's smart to preserve Tennessee wilderness

Jackson Sun
Sunday, August 18, 2013
John Castellaw

The mountain wildernesses of East Tennessee have inspired all those who travel through them for hundreds of years. As my family migrated from Eastern North Carolina in the 1820s, they journeyed through this vista of tall mountains and fast running streams on their way to West Tennessee. Their trek west was long and hard with family traditions telling of dangers and privation along the way, but also of great vistas and sweeping expanses of wild beauty leaving them with an even greater appreciation of God's creation.

Residents, representatives urged to support Tennessee Wilderness Act

Oak Ridge Today
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
J. Warren Webb

U.S. senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have again introduced legislation to protect nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness. The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013 will create one new wilderness area, expand five others, and ensure that Tennesseans have wild places to visit long into the future. Passage of this act, which failed to get to the Senate floor last year, represents the first expansion of Tennessee's wilderness land in 25 years. This acreage is already part of the Cherokee National Forest, so there is no need for federal funds to purchase land.

A place to escape: Preservation of wilderness areas natural remedy for ‘Cramped Up City Life’

The Daily Times
Friday, August 9, 2013
Jeff Wadley

The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013 was recently introduced to Congress by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. The last time a wilderness designation was made in Tennessee was in 1986, and if this legislation passes, 19,556 acres within Cherokee National Forest will become federal wilderness, but what are the implications?

Politicians, citizens urged to support Tennessee Wilderness Act

Knoxville News Sentinel
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Liane B. (Lee) Russell

Tennessee contains a significant portion of America's eastern mountains, the Appalachians, and our portion is graced by the beauty of its forests and streams and by their unsurpassed biological diversity. But it is due only to decades of effort that these treasures are still here for us to admire and enjoy.

Preserve forest with Wilderness Act

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Lloyd Levitt

I am writing today in support of protecting the Cherokee National Forest through the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act. Home to a wide range of game and non-game fish species, the Cherokee National Forest is truly a fisherman's dream.

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