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.

Big South Fork raft trip with trash collection – Saturday, April 11

     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.

Garlic mustard pull/Wildflower walk – Saturday, April 11

Larry Pounds on the Wildflower Greenway

     The Greenway behind Oak Ridge's Rolling Hills Apartments (formerly known as the Garden Apartments) is one of the best wildflower trails in Anderson County, but it is threatened by garlic mustard, a very invasive exotic that crowds out native plants. TCWP and Greenways Oak Ridge have been making some headway in recent years in ridding the trail of this harmful plant. Volunteers are needed to help with this effort again this year.

     We will meet at 10 a.m. at the rear parking lot (near the woods) behind 101-135 West Vanderbilt Drive. Participants are advised to park on Vanderbilt, rather than in the rear parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothes, and bring water, food/snacks, and a digging spike or similar tool if you own one.

Joint Outing with TNPS at Roaring Creek - Saturday, April 18

     In this joint outing for TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society, we will caravan from Dayton to the trailhead parking area. As on our joint outing last year, we will be on a new section of the Cumberland Trail, getting a first look at the wildflowers. Roaring Creek does roar, and has formed a deep gorge in the Cumberland Plateau. The path is a nearly level old road. It is ideal for grouping up to converse about the flowers.

     Total walking distance will be about 3.5 miles, but participants can head back at any point. We will meet for carpooling at two locations: 1) Oak Ridge, in the Rush (Gold's Gym)/Books-A-Million parking lot (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) at 8:30 a.m..; or 2) Dayton, at the Midnite Oil gas station on US 27, southbound side across from McDonald's (4537 Rhea County Rd.) at 10 a.m. 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 at

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

     Paddlers are invited to join TCWP, in cooperation with the National Park Service, for a whitewater rafting/cleanup trip down the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River on Saturday, April 11. The outing will include trash collection coordinated with the Park Service along the river.

     The outing will be from Burnt Mill Bridge to Leatherwood Ford. The weather and river conditions are unpredictable, and decisions about the nature of the trip or its actual occurrence will be made the morning of the event.

     There are some seats available on guided rafts. Rafters must be 18 years old or over, and have a moderately high level of physical fitness and stamina. This is the most rugged and scenic part of the Big South Fork gorge with some of the biggest rapids, including Double Falls, Washing Machine, The Ell, Rion's Eddy, Jake's Hole, and O&W Rapid. The scenic values of the gorge are of the highest order. The difficulty level of this outing is high, and participants are encouraged to consider carefully their fitness and stamina before undertaking the outing.

     Participants should wear wicking fabric (not cotton) and will need to bring a lunch and water. A small number of wet suits are available to loan participants, if needed.

     We welcome other kayakers to join this trip. Safety boaters are needed for the excursions. If frequent paddlers have spare equipment and clothes, please consider bringing that along to loan others for the day.

     Pre-registration by April 6 for a raft seat is required. Participants will meet at Leatherwood Ford at 9:30 a.m. EST, with a caravan/carpool leaving Oak Ridge at 8 EST. For more information or to pre-register, contact Sandra Goss at 865-583-3967 or 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 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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