Tennessee senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are renewing their efforts to preserve more of Tennessee's wilderness. The two senators are hoping to add 20,000 acres in six areas to the Cherokee National Forest.
They filed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013 on Monday. The act would create a new 9,000-acre area in Monroe County at the upper Bald River and add land to five other sites.
The senators say it's an important step to protecting Tennessee's natural beauty. They say the proposed wilderness areas would have no effect on privately owned land.
The two senators filed a similar proposal in 2010.