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Wilderness Act deserves our support

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Terry Miller

Thanks to Sen. Alexander and Sen. Corker for reintroducing the Tennessee Wilderness Act for this Congress.

The Tennessee Wilderness Act would add 20,000 acres to existing wilderness areas in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. This is one of those efforts that has good outcomes for all of us in Tennessee and for everyone who wants to visit Tennessee and the Cherokee national forests from other places. It enriches the beauty that Tennessee has to offer, and it does not require any new funds to be appropriated.

AS WE SEE IT: Act would protect state wilderness permanently

Johnson City Press
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Opinion Editor, Robert Houk
U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have reintroduced important legislation to designate additional acreage in the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness areas.

Senators thanked for Wilderness Act

Knoxville News Sentinel
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Bill Hodge

Thank you (for the third time) to our two senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, for introducing the Tennessee Wilderness Act recently. This important piece of legislation would protect for this and future generations some of the most pristine landscapes in the Cherokee National Forest through Wilderness designation.

Wilderness Act would protect Monroe gem

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Betty Petty

Yesterday I visited one of the most beautiful places in the Tennessee Valley, Bald River Falls in Monroe County. Being a Monroe County native I first saw the falls when my parents took me as a toddler. With recent rains, it and the river flowing beside the trail above the falls were very impressive. What was especially impressive was that, despite the rain, the river was still clear and clean. I encountered a trout fisherman who was enthusiastic about the river having only recently discovered it.

Wilderness Act must be renewed

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Tina Crawford

In 1984, the Bald River Gorge Wilderness Area was permanently protected when Ronald Reagan signed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1984 into law. Now, the time has come to protect the entire watershed through the addition of the Upper Bald River Wilderness by reintroduction and passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act.

Clean water is extremely important not only for the aquatic biodiversity, but also for local, downstream communities that depend upon these same waters.

Ross: Call for action: Save forests with Wilderness Act

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Carroll Ross

Father Pierre de Charlevoix, a French priest who floated down the Mississippi River in 1721, passed by the western portion of the future state of Tennessee.

The priest stood in awe of the immense forests he observed on his voyage, and, in his journal, he said that there was "nothing in nature comparable to them."

As early Tennessee pioneers were constructing Buchanan's Station several miles south of the present city of Nashville, we are told that they cut down cedar trees more than four feet thick, the nearest limb being 40 feet from the ground.

Alexander lauded for Wilderness Act

Knoxville News Sentinel
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ed Scott, Knoxville

I am writing in support of Sen. Lamar Alexander's Tennessee Wilderness Act. As an aquatic biologist and trout fisherman, I value the clean waters of the Cherokee National Forest. Existing best forestry management practices help assure the survival of several federally endangered fish species, like Smoky madtom, Yellowfin madtom and Citico darter, along with the associated aquatic flora and fauna. Native brook trout populations are on the comeback.

Will Skelton: Tennessee Wilderness Act would protect Upper Bald River area

Knoxville News Sentinel
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Will Skelton

In the early 1970s I was pretty naive about political matters and how things are accomplished in that realm. Having just gotten out of the Marine Corps, with much of my service at Camp Pendleton in southern California, I'd fallen in love with the wonderfully wild wilderness areas of California's national forests and parks.

Wilderness treasure: Natural beauty is Chattanooga's greatest resource

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Albert Waterhouse

As a lifelong Chattanooga resident, I have witnessed the Scenic City's dramatic transformation from an industrial town into a city whose cultural offerings and natural amenities are a regional and national draw for residents and tourists alike.

The combination of a tastefully and responsibly planned city and nearby natural areas for people to hike, climb, paddle, mountain bike and run is a powerful thing. And the investments made by the city, the Benwood and Lyndhurst foundations and others have made our built environment extraordinary.

Wilderness Act is a win-win

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Cyrus Rhode Jr.

I had many choices as to where to spend my golden years. My heart chose the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau adjacent an extensive wilderness greenway of Fall Creek Falls State Park for its beauty, diversity and serenity.

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