TCWP (Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning) is dedicated to achieving and perpetuating protection of natural lands and waters by means of public ownership, legislation, or cooperation of the private sector. While our first focus is on the Cumberland and Appalachian regions of East Tennessee, our efforts may extend to the rest of the state and the nation. TCWP's strength lies in researching information pertinent to an issue, informing and educating our membership and the public, interacting with groups having similar objectives, and working through the legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of government on the federal, state, and local levels.

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TCWP sponsors outdoor activities and informational programs.

Potters Falls cleanup and Save the Hemlocks day Saturday, May 2

     The Second Annual Potters Falls/Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Treatment Workshop and Cleanup will be held in Wartburg on Saturday, May 2. The event will focus on cleaning up trash and litter around Potters Falls, along the beautiful Crooked Fork Creek

     In conjunction with the cleanup, experienced Tennessee Division of Forestry and National Park Service staff from the Obed Wild and Scenic River will train volunteers and landowners on how to protect their hemlock trees from attack by the hemlock wooly adelgid, which has killed many hemlocks in the area. Volunteers will treat some of the majestic hemlocks to fight off this pervasive pest. The remaining trees will be treated next year.

     We will meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge in the Rush (Gold's Gym)/Books-a-Million parking lot (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's). We plan to leave Oak Ridge at 8 a..m..; participants can also go directly to the Morgan County Visitor Center at the junction of Highways 62 and 27 in Wartburg, where registration and orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. After orientation we will carpool to Potters Falls. We plan to return to the Visitor Center for lunch around noon.

     Lunch and other rewards will be provided to all volunteers. This event is sponsored by the Emory River Watershed Association and TCWP, with funding assistance from a Tennessee Valley Authority Reservoir Community grant. See the TCWP website or Facebook page for more details.

There will be a guided walk on a TVA loop trail on Little Cedar Mountain on Saturday, May 9

     With rocky limestone woods and a barrens area, this is one of a very few places on earth to see the newly described species John Beck's leafcup. Spreading rock cress will be one of several unusual plants along the route, along with delightful spring wildflowers.

     The outing is cosponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, an Oak Ridge-based environmental advocacy organization, and Tennessee Native Plant Society, which works to preserve Tennessee's native plant heritage. There will be both amateur and professional botanists on hand to help with plant identification and interpretation.

     Maximum walking distance will be about 3.5 miles; the distance can be shortened by heading back to trailhead at any point. We will meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge in the Rush (Gold's Gym)/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) to leave at 8 a.m. OR in Lenoir City, at 905 U.S. 321 in the parking lot near the Murphy USA Gas Station, situated in the Wal-Mart parking lot on the north side of Hwy 321 east of the I-75 exit to leave at 8:30.

     Participants can also meet at I-24 exit 158, just west of Nickajack Lake, at 10 a.m. ET. Going westbound, turn left across I-24, and then turn left onto the gravel road immediately after the entrance ramp. Going eastbound, turn right, then immediately left onto the gravel road next to the entrance ramp. Bring water, a lunch, and bug spray. For more information, contact Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 (cell, best bet), 865-816-3576 (home), or via email at

Support TCWP through your Kroger purchases

    TCWP is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. TCWP supporters are encouraged to register online at Registration requires one to sign on to Krogers web site and establish a password through the Sign Up Today New Customer box.

     With your password, click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. Then enter TCWPs number, which is 26906.

     Once this process is completed, every time your Kroger Plus card is used on check-out, TCWP will receive a credit. Kroger will send TCWP a check each quarter that reflects a percentage of all purchases made by TCWP shoppers.

     For help navigating the registration process, please call Sandra at 865. 583-3967. Thanks to everyone for supporting TCWP when you shop at Kroger.

For more information, call TCWP Executive Director Sandra at 865-583-3967, or send email to

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