Applauding the preservation of nearly 4,000 acres connecting the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and The Nature Conservancy recently announced that they’d reached an agreement to preserve nearly 4,000 acres of land connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Forest. I joined them at Calderwood Dam near Maryville to praise the agreement and discuss what it meant to Tennesseans to protect this land and make more of it available for outdoor recreation. There is no more popular or magnificent section of the Great American Outdoors than the land adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. The announcement on May 3 that more of the land in this area will be transferred to state and federal land agencies means tens of thousands of Tennesseans and visitors will be able to continue to enjoy more hiking, hunting, fishing and boating. The preservation of this land dated back to legislation I cosponsored, which became law in 2004, relicensing Alcoa’s hydroelectric power facilities and enabling the preservation of additional land for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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