Update on Tick-borne Diseases in East Tennessee

In this program cosponsored by TCWP and the UT Arboretum Society,  Dr. Richard Gerhold will present updates on tick abundance and prevalence, as well as the spread of the Asian longhorned tick.  He’ll also cover the various pathogens that can be transmitted, their geographical and temporal variations, diagnostics tests, and prevention. Dr. Gerhold, who holds a […]

Hike at Big South Fork

Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

On this hike cosponsored by TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society, we’ll visit a power line clearing to look for goldenrods, asters, and a striped gentian, then walk Middle Creek Loop, a scenic trail with endemic species Cumberland sandwort and rockhouse white snakeroot. We’ll meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge at the Gold’s Gym/Books-a-Million […]

The Secret Lives of Beavers, and Why They Matter

The consequences of losing beavers to the fur trade were profound, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb says: ponds were drained, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. In this 7 p.m. Zoom program cosponsored by TCWP and the UT Arboretum Society on September 28, Goldfarb, the author of Eager: The Surprising, […]

Pellissippi Blueway Paddle Trip

Melton Lake Park697 Melton Lake Dr, Oak Ridge, TN

On October 7, TCWP, Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation, and others will host a paddling event on a section of the newly christened Pellissippi Blueway. We will meet at 10 a.m. at Melton Lake Park at the Oak Ridge waterfront (formerly Oak Ridge Marina). Participants can bring their own canoes or kayaks, or rent […]

2023 TCWP Annual Meeting

Norris Dam State Park125 Village Green Cir, Rocky Top, TN

TCWP will hold its 2023 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 21, at Norris Dam State Park in the Appalachian Center with Nancy Manning, new Executive Director of TCWP, as our keynote speaker. The meeting will include a business meeting to vote to approve the proposed by-law revisions.  You can review the proposed by-laws on our […]

Norris Watershed Hike

Norris Middle School5 Norris Square, Norris, TN, United States

The Norris Municipal Watershed, situated adjacent to Norris Dam State Park, is a 2,300-acre area that is the watershed of Clear Creek; it is managed for water quality protection, sustainable forest management, and public recreation. A network of about 30 miles of forest roads and single-track trails are managed by the Norris Watershed Board. We […]

Native Plant Rescue Squad

The Native Plant Rescue Squad (NPRS), an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of native flora in East Tennessee, works with builders, developers, and landowners to rescue native plants that would otherwise be destroyed. The rescued plants are then made available for educational opportunities and restoration projects.  In this 7 p.m.  Zoom […]

Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water and Air Quality

The frequency and intensity of wildland fires have worsened impacts to the landscape and to the air column, affecting both drinking water and air quality, which, in turn, affect ecosystem and human health, says Environmental Protection Agency researcher John Iiames. In a 7 p.m. Zoom program cosponsored by TCWP and the Arboretum Society on February […]

Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

Frozen Head State Park964 Flat Fork Rd, Wartburg, TN, United States

This joint outing for TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society (TNPS) will give us an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. This will be a switch from last year: we will hike from Panther Branch Trailhead. The first 0.55-mile stretch is ideal for those with rather limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and […]

Invasive Silver Carp are Heading This Way–Can the Ecological and Economic Devastation Be Prevented?

UT Arboretum901 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN, United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently preparing recommendations for locating fish deterrent barriers on the Tennessee River, Cumberland River, and Tennessee Tombigbee waterway to protect against the invasive Asian silver carp and will be asking for public comment in June 2024. In an in-person program to be cosponsored by TCWP and the UT […]

Head of Sequatchie Outing

Peavine Rd (Shell Station)209 Peavine Rd, Crossville, TN

On this joint TCWP/TNPS outing we will do an out-and-back hike up a mountain on a new section of the Cumberland Trail. This is a good hike for spring wildflowers. We will start at the new headquarters for the Cumberland Trail at Head of Sequatchie. The trail will be steep at times. We will probably […]

Paved Greenway Outing

Haw Ridge

On this TCWP/TNPS outing we will see late spring wildflowers and do some tree and shrub identification along the paved greenway. This should work for those with limited walking ability. Wheelchairs are a possibility.  We will walk or roll on a flattish paved trail. Total out and back distance is perhaps 1.5 miles. As usual, […]

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