Environment & Conservation

Plan Now to Join the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 11-17

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 12:27 pm
22nd Annual Event to Loop through Beautiful Middle Tennessee
 
NASHVILLE — Bicycle enthusiasts across the state are already gearing up for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 22nd year with a seven-day ride beginning Sept. 11 and will feature a loop through some of Middle Tennessee’s most stunning landscapes.

TDEC Celebrates Tennessee State Natural Areas’ 40th Year

Friday, May 13, 2011 | 02:03 pm
Joined by Guest of Honor and Former Governor Winfield Dunn
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill paid tribute today to former Governor Winfield Dunn during a celebration marking the 40th anniversary of Tennessee’s Natural Areas Preservation Act – landmark legislation Governor Dunn signed on May 15, 1971, establishing Tennessee as a leader in conservation. 

EPA: EPA to Urge Caution on Restoration Activities Involving Lead-based Paint

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 05:01 pm
(ATLANTA – May 11, 2011) Due to recent tornadoes, severe and straight-line winds, storms, and flooding in the Southeastern United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is cautioning homeowners, volunteers, and other workers to take steps to ensure that individuals, especially children, are not at increased risk for lead poisoning, because of clean up and/or repair work.

TDEC to Hold Tennessee State Natural Areas 40th Anniversary Celebration on May 13

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 01:59 pm
Governor Winfield Dunn signs Tennessee's Natural Areas Preservation Act on May 15, 1971.  He is joined by (l-r) conservationist Robert Miller and key legislative sponsors, State Representative Victor Ashe and State Senator Bill Bruce.
Governor Winfield Dunn signs Tennessee's Natural Areas Preservation Act on May 15, 1971. He is joined by (l-r) conservationist Robert Miller and key legislative sponsors, State Representative Victor Ashe and State Senator Bill Bruce.
Former Governor Winfield Dunn Will Serve as Guest of Honor

 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Tennessee State Natural Areas Preservation Act during a special celebration at Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area on Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m.

Calling All Junior Rangers!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 12:50 pm
Junior Rangers learn about the great outdoors at Burgess Falls State Park
Junior Rangers learn about the great outdoors at Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls Offers Summer Day Camps for 3rd through 5th Graders; Mini Ranger Sessions to be Held for 5- to 8-Year-Olds
 

SPARTA, Tenn. – Burgess Falls State Park will once again offer a series of day camps this summer for young people who will be entering the third, fourth or fifth grade in the 2011-2012 school year. Both a basic Ranger Day Camp and an advanced Ranger 2 Day Camp will be offered. In addition, several “mini” camp sessions will be held for students entering the first or second grade in the upcoming school year.

State Review Board Meeting Set to Examine Proposed Nominations to National Register -- May 18

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 12:44 pm
Public invited to attend Nashville meeting on May 18
 
NASHVILLE - The State Review Board will meet on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, to examine Tennessee's proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the meeting will be held at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in Nashville.

High Water, Currents Pose Risk For Drowning

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 03:43 pm
Know Children’s Whereabouts; Avoid Risky Behavior
 
NASHVILLE  – The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing an urgent call to parents and adults providing care to keep kids and teenagers from flood waters as well as rivers, lakes and creeks that have higher than normal water levels and strong currents. The department also is asking people to avoid risky behavior, keeping clear of storm water drains, inlets and pipes whenever possible. Several areas across Tennessee are experiencing flooding or face the possibility of flooding later this week.