Alexander, Corker Say Tennessee Wilderness Act Would Preserve Nearly 20,000 Acres In Cherokee National Forest

Monday, July 15, 2013

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tn.) on Monday introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013, which would designate as wilderness nearly 20,000 acres in six areas of the Cherokee National Forest.

Senator Alexander said, “I grew up hiking the mountains of East Tennessee, and conserving these areas gives future generations of Tennesseans the same sort of opportunity. This legislation takes important steps toward protecting our natural heritage, and gives the millions of people who visit Tennessee each year an additional reason to come and enjoy our outdoors.”

Senator Corker said, “I think Tennesseans take great pride in the fact that millions of people visit our state every year to experience our incredible God-given amenities. I thank Senator Alexander for his lifelong commitment to protecting wilderness areas and am proud to join him in this effort to preserve Cherokee National Forest for future generations of Tennesseans and Americans to enjoy.”

“This is unfinished business that needs to get done,” said Jeff Hunter with Tennessee Wild, the coalition working to protect the Cherokee National Forest.  “The people of Tennessee overwhelmingly support protecting the Cherokee and we are thankful to Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to preserving our great natural wonders. We will continue to work with the delegation on this legislation and are hopeful that the areas will be protected soon for future generations to enjoy.”

The legislation would create one new wilderness area, and expand the boundaries of five existing wilderness areas, within the Cherokee National Forest. The new wilderness area would be the Upper Bald River Wilderness, which is more than 9,000 acres in Monroe County.

Creating and expanding these wilderness areas would have no effect on privately-owned land. The legislation would preserve access to federally owned land that has already been made part of existing Wilderness Study Areas by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013:

  • Creates the 9,038-acre Upper Bald River Wilderness (Monroe County)
  • Adds 348 acres to the Big Frog Wilderness (Polk County)
  • Adds 966 acres to the Little Frog Wilderness (Polk County)
  • Adds 2,922 acres to the Sampson Mountain Wilderness (Washington and Unicoi County)
  • Adds 4,446 acres to the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness (Carter and Johnson County)
  • Adds 1,836 acres to the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness (Monroe County)






Pollinator Festival Held On Lookout Mountain

The Pollinator Festival was held on Sunday in the Lookout Mountain School gym. It wa sponsored by the Bee City U.S.A., which both the Tennessee and Georgia. towns have joined. The aim is to promote best practices and to encourage people to help pollinators. The event was also sponsored by the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club.  (click for more)

TFWC Establishes 2-Year Hunting Seasons At May Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission established the state’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 hunting and trapping seasons at its May meeting which concluded Friday afternoon The TFWC serves as the governing body of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The commission’s actions, which include season dates, bag limits, and rules and regulations, go into effect July 1. It marks the ... (click for more)

City Stormwater Board Approves Water Quality And Development Fee Increases

The city Stormwater Regulations Board on Monday recommended that the city approve water quality and land development increases sought by the Berke administration, though board members said there had not been enough time for the board and the public to study the fee hikes. Bill Payne, city engineer, said the water quality fee increase would amount to an average $11 per year per ... (click for more)

Blakemore Gets 23-Year Prison Term For Selling Heroin That Caused Death Of Red Bank Man

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice on Monday sentenced Darius Jermaine Blakemore to 23 years in federal prison for selling heroin to a Red Bank man who overdosed and died.   Blakemore, 29, had gone to trial on the case, but it was announced in the middle of the trial that both sides had agreed to the 23-year term. Blakemore had faced 30 years to life.   Blakemore ... (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is This Civil War II?

Jack Minzey, by all accounts, was a beloved professor at Eastern Michigan and, as the head of the university’s School of Education, wrote many books and papers. Some were on the Civil War – he was an avid student of our nation’s worst moment – and his beliefs how to better public education will be quoted for years. Dr. Minzey died at age 89 last month and just last week, the ... (click for more)