Almost a decade ago I became a member, donor and volunteer with Cherokee Forest Voices. I like their spunk and unwavering enthusiasm that effectively protects this big special place that I call home.
Current public land management practices, most notably clear cutting and road construction pose a serious threat to regional biological diversity by destroying habitat, causing forest fragmentation, and degrading water quality.
The Cherokee National Forest, escaped glaciation during the last Ice Age, so these forested mountain ranges have harbored plant and animal life continuously for as long as 200 million years longer than any other region in the United States.
Well worth protecting, The Cherokee National Forest includes remote areas as wild and remote as any and some of the most isolated and non-fragmented lands in the eastern US. It is the contiguous companion to the Great Smoky National Park, and is home to more than 2,000 plants and animals.
Tennessee’s only National Forest, the Cherokee encompasses 640,000 acres and stretches from Chattanooga along the North Carolina border to Bristol along the Virginia boarder. It is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee and well worth protecting.
As an avid supporter of CFV I've appreciated the effective, protective and enthusiastic advocacy of this coalition of defenders of the Cherokee National Forest.
I just heard this PSA on public radio and love it. I share it with you here:
An anonymous CFV donor self funded a series of 30 second PSA's in the Nashville market. This radio spot delightfully sums up the need to protect the Cherokee National Forest for future generations to explore and enjoy.
Photo credit Van Miller. Watauga River Gorge in the Cherokee National Forest.