Sen. Lamar Alexander is a featured voice in a new video promoting the Tennessee Wilderness Act.
"England has its history, Rome has its art, the United States has the great American outdoors," he says, as shots of Tennessee's mountain landscapes and untouched forests appear on the screen.
Alexander, a longtime supporter of wilderness initiatives across the state, introduced a bill earlier this year to designate nearly 20,000 acres within the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee as federally protected land. Sen. Bob Corker signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill, which has yet to be passed by Congress, along with more than 20 other wilderness bills that are pending approval.
Together, the bills would protect more than 2.3 million acres of land in 12 states. Should the Tennessee Wilderness Act be approved, it would create the first new wilderness area in the Volunteer State in more than two decades—the 9,038-acre Upper Bald Wilderness, located near Tellico Plains.