Environment & Conservation

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to Present the Great Island Festival

Friday, September 02, 2011 | 12:58 pm
Great Island Festival slated for Sept. 10-11 in East Tennessee
Great Island Festival slated for Sept. 10-11 in East Tennessee
September 10-11 Festival Will Take Visitors Back in Time
 
VONORE, Tenn. – The Fort Loudoun State Historic Park and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum are partnering for the Great Island Festival, slated for September 10-11, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The Great Island Festival is actually a series of concurrent events, designed to take visitors back in time to an 18th century Trade Faire and a Cherokee encampment.

Hot, Dry Weather Leading to Increased Wildfire Activity

Friday, September 02, 2011 | 11:17 am
Forest Fire
Forest Fire

NASHVILLE – Officials with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry are urging citizens to use caution and good sense when burning outdoors. 

“Many areas within the state are experiencing very hot and dry conditions on the ground,” said State Forester Steven Scott. “While open-air burning permits are not currently required to burn outdoors, extreme caution and conservative judgment should be used when conducting any outdoor burning.”

Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee Slated for Sept. 10-17

Friday, August 26, 2011 | 12:43 pm
22nd Annual Event to Loop through Beautiful Middle Tennessee;
Registration Deadline Extended to Sept. 1
 
NASHVILLE — With less than a month away, bicycle enthusiasts across the state are encouraged to register for the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, slated for Sept. 10-17. In its 22nd year, this year’s seven-day ride will feature a loop through some of Middle Tennessee’s most stunning landscapes.

Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association to Hold 60th Annual Conference Oct. 2-6

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | 01:44 pm
Slated for Oct. 2-6 at Paris Landing State Park
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Recreation Educational Services Division announced today that the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association will hold its 60th Annual Conference Oct. 2-6, 2011, at Paris Landing State Park. The annual TRPA conference is specifically designed for parks and recreation professionals across the state.

Environment and Conservation Announces Pollution Prevention Partnership Workshops

Monday, August 22, 2011 | 10:50 am
NASHVILLE – The Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Environmental Assistance has announced a series of regional Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership workshops this fall, designed to give businesses across the state an opportunity to share best practices and innovative ideas for improving profitability and reducing pollution.

Eleven Tennessee Sites Added to the National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 02:25 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission has announced 11 Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee.

Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards Recognize Positive Impacts Across the State

Friday, August 12, 2011 | 01:09 pm
Commissioner Bob Martineau, Gov. Bill Haslam, Deputy Commissioner Shari Meghreblian & Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill at the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards ceremony
Commissioner Bob Martineau, Gov. Bill Haslam, Deputy Commissioner Shari Meghreblian & Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill at the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards ceremony

Greer Tidwell, Sr. Receives the Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Award

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau presented the 2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards at the Ellington Agriculture Center campus in Nashville today, recognizing 15 honorees whose efforts have made a positive impact on the state’s natural resources.  

 

“Today’s award ceremony honored groups and individuals across the state for their dedication to environmental stewardship, and I want to commend them for their commitment to keeping our communities healthy and strong," Haslam said.