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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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Lee Russell Reminisces about early Oak Ridge Thursday, 7-9

     COME JOIN the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association†in a joint meeting for a night of pure enjoyment as an Oak Ridge Icon, Lee Russell, is interviewed. †She will share her many and varied experiences both as a highly successful scientist and truly dedicated and equally effective environmental advocate.†

     She will be featured at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road, on Thursday, 7/9/15, at 7PM, in the historic Wildcat Den. You will not want to miss this opportunity to interact with one of the most famous scientists in Oak Ridge's history.†

     Liane (Lee) Russell†- Internationally recognized mammalian geneticist, retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, continues on guest status, writing up results of past genetics research.†

     She is the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning†founder and current Board member and Newsletter author and editor. She also contributed to the development and implementation of†Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area†and†Obed Wild and Scenic River

     She discovered the significance of the Y chromosome while working in the famed ORNL Biology Division and is responsible for the standard practice of using the "14 day rule" when taking X-rays of women. She was involved in many other significant scientific discoveries as one of the true leaders in the forefront of biological research over the past 70 years. †

     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.

     The Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association serves to promote historic preservation and the history of Oak Ridge's heritage. Monthly meetings (open to the public) are held in the Midtown Community Center except when special "field trip" meetings are scheduled. ORHPA's mission is to preserve Oak Ridge's history and its built environment (early structures, etc.) and develop education and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. Membership is open to all interested individuals.†


TVA BIOBLITZ 2015 FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! -
Saturday, July 11
Whites Creek Small Wild Area 9 am - 6 pm
What Will We Do?
What Should I Bring?

     A BioBlitz is an event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible.

The goals of these events are:
Engage citizens in scientific inventory
Collect important scientific data
Educate the public about the importance of biodiversity
Highlight the beautiful public lands managed by TVA
Host a day of fun for the whole family!

     The events are for any citizen of any age. Children must be accompanied by adults. Dress for the weather and for hiking. Bring your lunch and enough water and sunscreen for the duration of your stay!

     Learn about birds, insects and plants while having a great time in nature

For more information and to register please contact Todd at
865-430-4757 or todd@dlia.org

Picnic/Outing at Gibbons Property on the Obed -
Saturday, July 25

     Save the date for this family-friendly outing to and exploration of the Jack and Mary Ann Gibbons farm on the Obed River across from Alley Ford. Former TCWP Executive Director Bill Chandler and his wife Holly, friends of the Gibbons family, will be there to show us around the property; some Gibbons family members may join us as well. We'll have a picnic lunch, and hope to visit the river from their property. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share; TCWP will provide plates, silverware, cups, and beverages. Meeting time, carpool information and directions will be provided in an email alert closer to the date, as well as in the July newsletter.


Support TCWP through your Kroger purchases

    TCWP is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. TCWP supporters are encouraged to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com. Registration requires one to sign on to Krogerís 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 TCWPís 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 sandra@sandrakgoss.com.


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