In an announcement that left the Bass Pro Shops flopping on the shore like a dying big-mouth bass on a hot July day, TVA voted yesterday to preserve more than 293,000 from encroachment and development by private enterprise.
Mike Butler, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation said, "The people tht are going to benefit from this the most are going to probably be the lower and middle-class income families," and others who can't afford a lake house.
He added that most of the land offers an "assortment of values - water, quality, recreation, public use."
TVA's policy contained only limited exceptions for industrial projects or recreation along the 652 mile Tennessee River system, and its tributaries.
Of the 1.3 million acres acquired by TVA in the 1930's for economic development and rural electrification, only 293,000 remain. Much of the land became parks or federal land preserves.
Duncan Manfield, Associated Press