Alexander Praises Preservation of Land Near Smokies, Cherokee National Forest

Says agreement between Brookfield, The Nature Conservancy to preserve nearly 4,000 additional acres for public use benefits Tennesseans “now and in the future”

Posted on May 3, 2013

“There is no more popular or magnificent section of the Great American Outdoors than the land adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Forest.” – Lamar Alexander 

MARYVILLE, May 3 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and The Nature Conservancy at Calderwood Dam, praising the announcement of their agreement to preserve nearly 4,000 acres of land connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest.

“There is no more popular or magnificent section of the Great American Outdoors than the land adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Forest,” Alexander said. “Any effort to find new ways to protect that land and make more of it available for outdoor recreation certainly will be welcomed by Tennesseans. Today’s announcement means tens of thousands of Tennesseans and visitors will be able to continue to enjoy more hiking, hunting, fishing and boating.”  

The nearly 4,000 acres will ultimately become public land following the transfer from Brookfield to The Nature Conservancy, and will connect the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest. In its agreement with Brookfield, The Nature Conservancy will convey the property over the next two years to state and federal partners, adding to the 6,000 acres that previously became part of the Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest following the agreement in 2004 to relicense Alcoa's hydropower facilities.

Alexander continued, “Brookfield’s generosity, and the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, will ensure that this land will be available for Tennesseans and others to enjoy now and in the future.”

Alexander joined Brookfield and The Nature Conservancy in making the announcement at Calderwood Dam near Maryville, alongside representatives of the State of Tennessee, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.
 

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