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.

National Trails Day Focus on North Ridge Trail -
Saturday, June 4

    A pizza and beer lunch will be held at the home of North Ridge Trail (NRT) Stewards Ray and JoAnn Garrett on National Trials Day, Saturday, June 4. The Garretts are asking Trail segment adopters, Trail fans, and potential section adopters to attend.

     Current section adopters are asked to work on their respective sections on or before June 4. Plan to be at the Garretts' home at 101 Windham (just off West Outer Drive) in Oak Ridge for a pizza-and-beer lunch between 12:15 and 12:30. For more information about the trail and adoption, contact Ray at 865-483-4466 or via email at Please rsvp for the lunch to 865.583-3967 or or 865.583-3967

Summer Solstice Evening Hike on Cumberland Trail -
Friday, June 17

    The Summer Solstice will occur on Monday, June 20, but TCWP will help folks get in the mood early by sponsoring a Summer Solstice Outing on the Alley Ford section of the Cumberland Trail on Friday evening, June 17. We'll walk a distance of 2.5 miles roundtrip, with one short uphill, then mostly level trail with a few ups and downs. Participants should bring a supper snack and something to sit on while eating; if it's a nice evening we'll relax at the overlook and enjoy the view of the Obed and Emory rivers. We'll also walk out on Nemo Bridge and enjoy the river for a while. The nearly-full moon should be up by the time we begin walking. Sunset on June 17 will be at 8:55 p.m.

     Participants can meet for carpooling in the Gold's Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or meet at the or Nemo parking area at 6:15. The hike will last about two hours; we expect to be back in Oak Ridge no later than 9:30.

Kids in the Creek Outing on the Emory River –
Saturday, June 25

    Looking for a fun and educational summertime activity for the kids? On June 25 TCWP, TVA, TWRA and the Emory River Watershed Association will co-sponsor a “Kids in the Creek” outing at Reister Access on the Emory River, open to all kids who are rising third-graders or older. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a welcome and safety talk, followed by two breakout sessions on fish and insects, and will conclude between noon and 12:30.

     Children must be accompanied by adults at all times; no unaccompanied minors will be permitted. Adults must be prepared to sign liability waivers on behalf of children. Participants should be prepared to get wet, and should wear shoes that are river-ready. Snacks are advisable, along with dry clothes, sunscreen, and bug spray.

     Pre-registration is required for this event by Friday, June 17; to pre-register, contract TCWP Executive Director Sandra Goss at or 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.

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

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