Two Key Land Tracts Gifted to Obed Wild & Scenic River

Wartburg, TN (2018-06-06) Obed Wild and Scenic River recently added more than 100 acres within the park’s legislative boundary.  The land was donated to the park service by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

Obed Wild and Scenic River was recently gifted 114 acres of riverfront acreage that will help the park service preserve the natural beauty and integrity of the recreation area’s watershed.  The first parcel was a 90-acre tract located along the Obed River a few miles upstream from Obed Junction.  The tract featured extensive river frontage, giant riverside boulders and mature hardwood forests.  The second parcel was a 24-acre tract located about halfway down Clear Creek along the popular whitewater run from Barnett Bridge to Jett Bridge.

“Over the past 50 years, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning has been fortunate to participate in the formation and preservation of the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  We are thrilled that a little more of this Tennessee treasure will now be protected and enjoyed forever,“ said Mark Bevelhimer, President of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

“Through this generous donation, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning has demonstrated their longstanding commitment to the protection of the Obed River and their desire to ensure that this special place will remain a part of our nation’s public lands open to all who want to experience its beauty and sense of wildness,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas.

Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of natural lands and waters by means of public ownership, legislation or cooperation with the private sector.  Their efforts focus on the Cumberland and Appalachian regions of East Tennessee, but sometimes extend to the rest of the state and nation.  TCWP was instrumental in the establishment of both Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.