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Wednesday, July 6, 2011   

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Keeping wild areas unspoiled in Tennessee is the goal of a campaign that cuts across political, social and economic lines.

The Tennessee Wild coalition, which includes the Pew Campaign for America's Wilderness, has assembled mayors, students, business owners and others to support the cause. Jeff Hunter, Tennessee Wild campaign coordinator, says most Tennesseans agree on this critical issue.

"(It) clearly illustrates that wilderness is, in fact, America's common ground. It's something that most all of us can agree upon: Protecting our public lands is good."

In late May, Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act, a bill that would protect nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest. The campaign features a series of ads that support efforts to protect wilderness areas in eastern Tennessee.

Jeff Keeling, an avid outdoorsman and aide to Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge, says protecting these areas is also an economic-development issue.

"From outfitters and guides and tourism to even eventually attracting move-ins."

More information on the campaign is online at CommonGroundTN.org.


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