10/23/2012 - Declaring an additional 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee as wilderness is an idea everyone approves of, apparently.
The declaration would give the forest, streams and wildlife added protection from logging, mining and road-building. It’s a rugged area populated by black bear, white-tailed deer and native brook trout.
Declaring wilderness status would cost no federal money, close no roads, take over no private land, and deprive no local communities of tax revenue.
The declaration won bipartisan approval from a congressional committee. “There is no opposition to this,” the director of the Tennessee Wilderness Campaign said.
Read the full editorial, Congress Dawdles on Wilderness Approval, on the Paris Post-Intelligencer website.