Legislation Would Give Tennessee Nearly 20,000 More Acres of Wilderness


Yesterday, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2010 that would designate six different areas totaling 19,556 acres as wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest.

From the Chattanoogan:

“I grew up hiking in the mountains of East Tennessee and know firsthand that these beautiful landscapes should be preserved for generations to come,” Alexander said. “The bill we are introducing today is an important step in conserving some of the most pristine areas in Tennessee and will strengthen the legacy of Tennessee’s natural heritage.”

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The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2010 specifically creates one new wilderness area and expands the boundaries of five separate existing wilderness areas already within the Cherokee National Forest. Since these areas are owned entirely by the U.S. Forest Service and are being managed as Wilderness Study Areas currently, this bill will have no effect on privately owned lands and will cause no change in access for the public.

Thanks to the hard work of two-time Conservation Alliance grantee Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition for making this happen!

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