Environment & Conservation

TDEC Offering Statewide Brownfields Grant Workshops in August and September

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 | 01:24 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will host a series of statewide Brownfields grant-writing workshops in August and September.  The workshops are designed to help local governments and communities understand the grant application process for a variety of funding opportunities offered by EPA.

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area to Hold Anniversary Event July 28

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 04:08 pm

Celebration Will Help Commemorate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary 

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area will hold a special community event on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 1 p.m. This event is open to the public.  

Calorie Cards Help Tennessee State Parks Visitors Make Healthy Food Choices

Monday, July 23, 2012 | 10:46 am
Calorie cards provide information to patrons of Tennessee State Parks restaurants
Calorie cards provide information to patrons of Tennessee State Parks restaurants

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks’ eight restaurants now prominently post calorie content information, allowing visitors and staff members to make informed decisions about their food choices. This partnership initiative of the Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Conservation complements ongoing efforts to encourage personal fitness among Tennessee residents and visitors.

Tennessee State Parks’ Traveling 75th Anniversary Exhibit Hits Road

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 03:05 pm

Specially Designed Trailer Brings State Parks’ Unique History to Communities Across Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill today announced the premiere of Tennessee State Parks’ new traveling anniversary exhibit that will take state parks’ unique history on the road.  

2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference Set for Nov. 1 - 2

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 12:26 pm

NASHVILLE - The 2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference “Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Farms” will be held Nov. 1 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.

Nov. 1 will be a day of information, networking, questions and answers from professionals in the field of farmland preservation, farm and estate planning, land and community planning, and more. Nov. 2 will be optional tours to a Century Farm in the area.

This conference will benefit farmers, landowners, city and county planning officials, elected leaders, community planners, and others who are inspired to help preserve and protect farmland in our state. General and breakout sessions and panel discussions with well-known speakers and experts on a variety of topics will offer invaluable resources, information and knowledge to Tennessee landowners, farmers, community planners and officials.

Tennessee State Parks Lift Temporary Ban on Backcountry Campfires

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 03:25 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Parks system has lifted a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in state parks, which was put into place June 29, 2012, due to dry weather conditions and the potential for wildfire hazards.  Today’s announcement is consistent with the Department of Agriculture’s recent action to lift some of the county burn bans throughout the state.  For an up-to-date list of the Department of Agriculture’s current county-by-county fire bans, please visit www.burnsafetn.org/