WASHINGTON — The Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday passed by voice vote legislation by Tennessee’s U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker that would designate nearly 20,000 acres in six areas of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness areas.
“The Tennessee Wilderness Act would preserve federally owned land that has been managed as wilderness areas since 2004,” Alexander said. “Creating and expanding these wilderness areas would have no effect on privately-owned land and will not increase costs for taxpayers. This legislation would help protect some of the wildest, most pristine and beautiful areas in East Tennessee and give the millions of visitors to our state an additional reason to come enjoy our outdoors.”