The Cherokee National Forest is a popular destination for locals and tourists in East Tennessee.
According to http://www.tennesseeencyclopedia.net, the national forest was formed in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is the only national forest in the state of Tennessee.
Today, the forest is made up of 640,000 acres of land and stretches from Bristol to Chattanooga.
The Cherokee National Forest is home to at least 20,000 different species of plant and animal life, several of which are federally labeled as endangered or threatened.
The goal of the national forest is to provide a safe home and habitat to the thousands of species that reside in the area.
As you guessed by the name, the Cherokee Indians called this part of the United States home for hundreds of years, using the area primarily for hunting and gathering purposes.
In the 1880s timber and coal mining companies made their way into the area of the national forest. After depleting the area’s natural resources these companies made their way over to western territory.
In 1912 the federal government stepped in to purchase the land that had been abused by these unregulated companies in order to preserve the area and all of its beauty.
The Cherokee National Forest is an example of the benefits of government-owned land. Conservation efforts have ensured the safety of the environment that millions of people visit every year.