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COUNTRY ROADS

MOUNTAIN REPORT

Tennessee Acreage Protected

A

lmost 20,000 acres of the Cherokee
National Forest officially became part
of America's protected wilderness on
March 12, when the president signed into
law a package of wilderness bills totaling
1.7 million acres nationwide that harbor
historic treasures, critical wildlife habitat
and awe-inspiring vistas. In Tennessee,
citizens have been advocating for additional wilderness lands for more than a
decade. The law expands the Joyce KilmerSlickrock, Big Frog, Little Frog Mountain,
Big Laurel Branch, and Sampson Mountain
wilderness areas, and creates the new
9,000-acre Upper Bald River Wilderness
Area. Premier hiking spots like 4.5 miles
of the Appalachian Trail and nearly 15
miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail are now
permanently protected, as are rare stands
of old-growth forest and mountain streams
prized by anglers and paddlers.
tnwild.org

More Elk Viewing in Virginia

T

en community projects in the
coalfields of Southwest Virginia
will receive a total of $10 million in
federal grants to reclaim and repurpose old coal mining sites. In Wise
County, $500,000 will go towards
a large solar project to provide energy to the Mineral Gap Data Center, and in Russell County, $269,000
will help build a mountain bike and
ATV trail to boost outdoor tourism.
"The cleanup and new uses of the

sites will create jobs, draw visitors,
and enhance the quality of life,"
said Congressman Morgan Griffith,
who helped secure the funding. The
largest grant, $2.2 million, will go
toward developing an eco-tourism
facility in Buchanan County for
viewing the elk that have been recently reintroduced into the region.
governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2019/march/
headline-839054-en.html

Elk viewing
is to be
improved
in the
Virginia
mountains.

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