Let's go join the East Tennessee History Center for an inspirational evening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act of 1964 was landmark legislation and has protected thousands of acres of Tennessee's most beautiful natural wonders. If you cherish the woods, waters and wildlife of East Tennessee you don't want to miss this event. Tennessee has played a key role in helping our nation realize the importance of protecting wild places that define America and represent freedom in the truest sense of the word. Celebrating this history, speakers at the event will tell the story of people, place and promise. The evening will take you on a journey to explore what wilderness means in Tennessee, why it is more important than ever and what the future holds for the next 50 years of this natural legacy.
Speakers include: Bill Meadows, former President of the Wilderness Society Will Skelton, Sierra Club Charles Maynard, Historian and Methodist Minister Tom Tidwell, Chief of US Forest Service Bill Hodge, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards Bill Broome, Nephew of Harvey Broome
The event will include refreshments and plenty of time to socialize. The event is sponsored by the USFS, Wild South, Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, the TN Wild Coalition, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, The Wilderness Society, East Tennessee History Center, Sierra Club, Cherokee Forest Voices and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.