Eastern Tennessee a recreation destination. At Wilderness, we’re working to protect more of this magnificent forest so that visitors can continue to enjoy outstanding recreation and wildlife can continue to thrive.
The forests and wildlands in eastern Tennessee are among the wildest lands east of the Mississippi River. They provide recreation opportunities for millions of visitors each year and help support the local economies. They also help provide clean drinking water for local communities. Despite their incredible value, the eastern Tennessee forests are threatened by logging — and much of them remains unprotected.
Our work in eastern Tennessee is focused on keeping the forests and wildlands of the region — like the Cherokee National Forest — as wild as they can be.
We can’t protect the forests of eastern Tennessee without help from local communities, businesses, decision makers and residents.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.
The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (S. 1407/H.R. 2663) was introduced in the 114th Congress with strong bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate. This common sense legislation promotes the responsible production of renewable energy on public lands while ensuring communities and local conservation efforts see benefits from development.
Download our full fact sheet on the bill.
The Wilderness Society and Natural Resources Defense Council testimony for the record
Dear Chairman Murkowski & Ranking Member Cantwell,
In advance of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on energy accountability and reform legislation we would like to submit for your hearing record our views on S. 1407 the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015. We thank you for your leadership and encourage you to consider and include this bi-partisan legislation in a comprehensive energy package.