Tennessee’s Wilderness Act Turns 50

SELC is working to add nearly 20,000 acres to wilderness areas in the Cherokee National Forest. (© Bill Lea)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which SELC has used to save some of the wildest places in the Southern Appalachians. Wilderness designation requires an act of Congress and affords the strongest protection possible for federal lands. Working with allies on Capitol Hill, SELC has secured wilderness designations for 53,500 acres and national scenic area status for 10,000 acres in Virginia. Today we’re working with the Tennessee Wild coalition to add nearly 20,000 acres to wilderness areas in the Cherokee National Forest. These would be the first additions to congressionally protected wilderness in Tennessee in more than a quarter-century.

More News

Inconsistent drilling statements sow coastal confusion

A dizzying array of offshore drilling statements in the past two days about what sections of the Atlantic Ocean were being exempted from oil expl...

SELC, partners strike a deal to keep solar momentum in the Carolinas

A deal struck with Duke Energy in South Carolina will restructure how solar power is billed in a way that benefits rooftop solar customers, solar...

Alabama regulators roll out first of several coal ash permits

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced the first draft coal ash permit for Alabama Power’s Plant Miller, the first of sever...

Director’s letter: ‘The new normal’

Welcome to the new normal. That’s how SELC Executive Director Jeff Gleason starts his annual letter to our generous supporters. “Although 2020...

N.C. NAACP takes Constitutional amendments case to state’s highest court

The North Carolina NAACP today announced it will take its case to invalidate two Constitutional amendments regarding photo ID voting requirements...

Fish and Wildlife Service violates Endangered Species Act, threatening red wolves with extinction

On behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and Animal Welfare Institute, SELC just notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service f...

More Stories