Tennessee Wilderness Campaigns
Tennessee has 707,387 acres of National Forest. The last wilderness areas designated in Tennessee were in 1986: Big Laurel Branch Wilderness, Little Frog Mountain Wilderness, Pond Mountain Wilderness, Sampson Mountain Wilderness, Unaka Mountain Wilderness.
Cherokee National Forest
This legislation will protect nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness on the Cherokee National Forest.
The legislation will expand five existing wilderness areas, including Sampson Mountain and Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock, and create one new one, the Upper Bald River.
The measure will preserve important watersheds and habitat for native brook trout, black bear, bobcat, grey fox and white-tailed Deer and will protect a popular migratory, breeding and wintering habitat for numerous bird species.