Partners of the Cherokee National ForestEarly in 2002, concerned citizens came together to form a coalition to support the Cherokee National Forest. The result was Partners of the Cherokee National Forest, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization whose purpose is to provide support for multiple-use forest management projects and activities in the Cherokee National Forest.

The forest covers 640,000 acres in ten counties of east Tennessee and attracts over two million visitors per year. The forest lies along the eastern border of Tennessee, meeting with the Georgia border near Chattanooga and with the Virginia border at Bristol, TN. The Cherokee NF’s precious watershed, forests, abundant wildlife and diverse recreational opportunities are valuable resources for the economic and ecological well being of the southern Appalachian mountain region.

PARTNERS are represented by board members who work hand in hand with the USDA Forest Service and the public to ensure that Cherokee NF is positioned to serve those enjoying it now and generations to come.

Board of Directors

President, Gary Schneider, Former Head of Dept. Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Associate Dean (retired) and Professor Emeritus, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.


Treasurer, Bill Williams, owner of Rhyne Clock Co., Newport, TN,


Huey Long Jr., Senior Principal, Mountain Creek Group, LLC, Consultants for Organization and Leadership Development, Chattanooga, TN,


John R. Innes, is the author and graphic designer of the National Award winning Outdoor Recreation Map which he followed with the popular Eclipse Map covering the southern zone of CNF. He is now a principal at GoodPoint, Inc., in Oak Ridge, TN.

John Innes CNF Picture


A short list of Partners Accomplishments:

Partners Accomplishments