Earlier this week the Tennessee Wilderness Act passed the US House and Senate as part of the Farm Bill, and now heads to the President's desk to become law. This bill has been promoted by local citizens and the Tennessee delegation for nearly a decade. These 20,000 acres of Wilderness designations will protect some places that are special to paddlers.
The TN Wilderness Act will designate additions to several Wilderness areas scattered near the North Carolina State line.
American Whitewater and many paddlers have supported the Tennessee Wilderness Act over the years. Wilderness designation is a great tool for protecting water quality and wild river paddling opportunities. We applaud the tireless group of local advocates, and would like to thank Senator Alexander (R-TN), Senator Corker (R-TN) and Congressman Roe (R-TN) for getting this bill through Congress!
Tennessee Bill Proposes Wilderness
June 17, 2010