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.

Oak Ridge Cedar Barren Cleanup – Saturday, March 7

     The annual spring exotic invasive plant removal at the Oak Ridge Cedar Barren will be Saturday, March 7. Located next to Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, this Barren is a joint project of the City of Oak Ridge, State Natural Areas Division, and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. One of only a few cedar barrens in East Tennessee, the area is subject to invasion by Chinese lespedeza, Japanese privet, autumn olive, mimosa, Nepal grass, multiflora rose, and woody plants that threaten the system¹s prairie grasses. Our continuing efforts help to eliminate these invasives and other shade-producing plants that prevent the prairie grasses from getting needed sun.

     Volunteers should meet in the Jefferson Middle School Parking lot at 9 a.m., with sturdy shoes, loppers, gloves, and water. The work session will conclude at noon with a complimentary pizza lunch.

     For additional information, contact Cedar Barren Steward Tim Bigelow at 865-607-6781 or at

Cumberland Trail Work/Hike Rescheduled for
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Rock Creek Campground to Alley Ford,
Obed Wild and Scenic River

     Due to recent wintry conditions and predicted bad weather Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning has postponed the day of trail work and hiking originally scheduled for this Saturday, February 21. The new work date is Saturday, March 21.

    Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will sponsor a day of trail work and hiking on Saturday, March 21, on the segment of the Cumberland Trail State Park between Rock Creek Campground and Alley Ford at the Obed Wild and Scenic River (see attached map). TCWP adopted this 2.5-mile section of the trail in 1998. We will concentrate on routine trail maintenance such as cleaning out clogged water bars, removing down logs and limbs, brushing the area along the trail, and finishing up at Alley Ford to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Obed River.

    Participants should wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves, shovels, mattocks or pulaskis, loppers, clippers, and small bow saws or folding saws (Please, no chainsaws). Some hand tools and work gloves will be available at the event. Please bring clothing appropriate for weather conditions, and plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch.

    Volunteers will need to sign a National Park Service Volunteer agreement (see attached form). Minors will require a signature of a parent or guardian. Please complete the form, print it, sign it, and bring it with you.

    Participants can meet to carpool in the Rush!/ Book's-A-Million shopping center on S. Illinois Avenue (on the left between East Tulsa Road and Tuskegee Drive; meet in the front of the parking lot along South Illinois Avenue between Waffle House and Salsarita's (closer to Salsarita's). We will leave Oak Ridge at 9 AM Eastern Time. You can also join the crew at the Rock Creek Campground at 10 AM Eastern Time (Rock Creek Campground is directly across the river from Nemo Picnic Area). We plan to leave the Trailhead at 10 AM and spend 4-5 hours on the trail but people can come and go as they wish. GPS coordinates at Rock Creek Campground are 36.070635° North and 84.664442° West.

    In the event of inclement weather (excessive rainfall or icy and snowy conditions we will reschedule this event. For more information, please call or write TCWP Executive Director Sandra Goss at 865.583-3967 or

    TCWP has worked since 1966 to protect the sensitive lands and resources of the Cumberland Plateau and other public lands throughout east Tennessee. TCWP is a proud member of Community Shares. 

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 Kroger’s 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 TCWP’s 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.


Thursday, Feb. 12—Mac Post's presentation on e-Mammal project
Thursday, Feb. 19—TCWP Board Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 21—Alley Ford (segment of Cumberland Trail) Clean-up
MARCH, 2015
Saturday, March 7—Oak Ridge Cedar Barren Clean-up
Thursday, March 19—TCWP Board Meeting
Saturday, March 28—Obed River Clean-up from Rafts
APRIL, 2015
Saturday, April 11—Wildflower Greenway Tour and Clean-up
Saturday, April 11—Big South Fork Clean-up from Rafts
Thursday, April 16—TCWP Board Meeting
Saturday, April 25—Earth Day Oak Ridge

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

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