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.

Snorkel on Clear Creek Saturday, July 26

    There will be a snorkeling trip on Clear Creek on Saturday, July 26, led by Conservation Fisheries, Inc. Co-founder Pat Rakes. Participants will learn about the fishes of the Cumberland Plateau.

    This family-friendly event will introduce the aquatic life of Clear Creek, a major Obed River tributary and part of the Obed Wild and Scenic River system. The watershed is home to rare aquatic species and world-class whitewater during winter and spring seasons.

Clear Creek (photo by

    All participants are encouraged to bring their own masks, snorkels, wet shoes/sandals, personal flotation devices, and other water paraphernalia (including wetsuits if you need them) for swimming with the fishes. Participants must be reasonably physically fit and able to swim. We’ll start at Lilly Bridge and rock-hop from pool to pool (and swim in riffles if there is enough water). If the stream is not clear or if flows are too high, the event will be rescheduled. Registration for this event is strongly encouraged. Call or write Sandra at 865.583-3967 or with the number of people in your party.

    Meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge in the Rush/Books-a-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's), to leave at 9 a.m.; or participants can meet the group at Lilly bridge at 10. (Directions: From Wartburg, take State Route 62 north to Lancing. Stay on SR 62 North for about 2.2 miles to the intersection with Ridge Road (look for NPS sign to Lilly Access). Turn left on Ridge Road and drive about 3.2 miles to Lilly Bridge.)

    The event is sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, an Oak Ridge-based environmental advocacy organization. For more information about TCWP or this event, visit or call Sandra K. Goss at 865.583-3967.

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.

Lee Russell’s 90th Birthday Celebration was a jubilant gathering of Lee’s ORNL colleagues, TCWP friends, and others.
See pictures by Ray Smith

A proposed win-win alternative to the proposed 69 kV above ground power line near Oak Ridge greenway

     Industrial development continues to threaten conservation and recreation in west Oak Ridge, at the boundary between the Department of Energy's Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE) and the Horizon Center industrial park on Parcel ED-1. The industrial park was built without enough electrical capacity to accommodate the businesses that Oak Ridge would like to recruit. The solution devised by the city's electric department and economic development leaders is to build an overhead powerline along the narrow DOE road that forms the boundary of the BORCE and Parcel ED-1 – a well-shaded road that has become a popular public greenway trail in the last few years, since the BORCE was established. A powerline would result in the permanent clearing of the right-of-way, plus the removal of trees outside the right-of-way that could fall on the powerline . . . READ MORE


July 26 , Snorkeling outing with Conservation

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

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