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Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Alexander, Corker Legislation to Preserve Nearly 20,000 Acres in Cherokee National Forest

Alexander says Tennessee Wilderness Act would help protect “some of the wildest, most pristine and beautiful areas in East Tennessee.”

“The Tennessee Wilderness Act would preserve federally owned land that has been managed as wilderness areas since 2004. Creating and expanding these wilderness areas would have no effect on privately-owned land and will not increase costs for taxpayers.”

Tennessee’s wilderness takes critical step toward protection

Local community cheers Senators and urges for House introduction

Chattanooga, TN (April 8, 2014) –Senate Committee passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 1294)  was applauded today by a diverse coalition of hunters, anglers, business owners, faith leaders, outdoor recreationists, and conservationists.

Another Chance for the Tennessee Wilderness Act

Conservationists hopeful bill will pass this Congress

Chattanooga, TN - Tennessee Wild, a broad coalition of conservation organizations, is grateful today for Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker's reintroduction of legislation to designate new wilderness areas on the Cherokee National Forest. 

The Tennessee Wilderness Act had been introduced in the prior Congress where it received a hearing and was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but ran out of time before a Senate floor vote was held.

Tennesseans hand-delivered over 2,600 postcards to D.C. in support of the Tennessee Wilderness Act

Tennessee Wild traveled to Washington D.C. for Great Outdoors America’s Week (GO America Week) 2013

 WASHINGTON, DC (July 4, 2013) Over 200 people traveled to D.C. last week from across the country - including three people with Tennessee Wild - to celebrate Great Outdoors America Week or GO America Week from June 24-27, 2013.  

Celebrate spring in the great outdoors with Tennessee Wild

Full day Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic will support conservation efforts

Chattanooga - With spring right around the corner, Tennessee Wild is planning their first ever Women's Fly Fishing Clinic on Saturday, March 23 in Townsend, TN.  This full day clinic is being held in partnership with Townsend based R&R Fly Fishing. R&R Owners, Ian and Charity Rutter will lead the class, and share their expertise and passion for fly fishing with attendees.

Tennessee Wild calls on Congress to pass wilderness bills during lame duck session

112th Congress on track to be the first in almost 50 years to not protect wilderness

Contact: Jeff Hunter, 423-322-7866, jeff@wildsouth.org


Chattanooga, TN (12/6/12) - Tennessee Wild joined over 60 local and national groups asking Congress to take action to protect America's dwindling wilderness this year. The coalition sent a letter warning that time is running out for over two dozen wilderness bills, including the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2011, which permanently protects nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest - at no cost to the American taxpayer.  

The Blind Woods playing intimate show in Chattanooga

Performance to raise awareness for Tennessee Wild’s efforts to protect public lands

CHATTANOOGA, November 26, 2012:  On Friday evening November 30 at 8pm, The Blind Woods will be playing an unplugged show in the intimate Humphreys House at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center at 405 Garden Road in Chattanooga. Usually a sextet, the band will perform as a duo with frontman Andrea Belanger being joined by guitarist Ryan Duchene. This show is free and open to the public, with a hat passed, to raise funds for wilderness protection in Tennessee.

Local Pro Offers Nature Photography Workshop

Full Day Class Will Support Conservation Efforts

On Saturday September 22, Johnson City, TN based professional photographer Jerry Greer will lead a full day photography workshop focused on nature photography. This event is being held in conjunction with Tennessee Wild, which is a coalition of non-profit organizations seeking wilderness designation for parts of Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest.

Hunter Museum & Tennessee Wild Fuse Art with Environment on May 12

Urban outing will foster discussion about art and nature

Chattanooga, TN - On Saturday May 12, the Hunter Museum of American Art and Tennessee Wild will host a guided walk for both art enthusiasts and nature lovers in "An Artfully Wild Urban Experience."

Tennessee Wilderness Act Moves One Step Closer to Passage

Bill would protect 20,000 acres on the Cherokee National Forest

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeff Hunter (423) 322-7866

Chattanooga, TN - Tennessee Wild, a broad coalition of conservation organizations  cheered the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee today for approving the Tennessee Wilderness Act, making it eligible for a vote on the Senate floor.

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