Environment & Conservation

Tennessee State Parks Announces Temporary Natural Area Closure

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 09:54 am

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks would like to inform the general public that the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, which is a portion of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, will be closed for the month of June, and will reopen on July 1.

The temporary closure will block off the park entrance at Montlake Road in Hamilton County, along with the trailhead. Maintenance, construction, visitor protection, and resource protection projects are scheduled in response to damage from years of unauthorized parking, trampling and erosion.

Three Tennessee State Parks Among the Top 100 Family Friendly Fishing and Boating Destinations

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | 02:09 pm

Paris Landing, Pickwick Landing and Tims Ford Recognized by Take Me Fishing

NASHVILLE – Paris Landing State Park, Pickwick Landing State Park and Tims Ford State Park were listed among the Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing, whose first Top 100 list was released this month. Park and recreation areas in 24 states were represented in the Top 100.

Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day Events

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 01:18 pm

All Parks Will Host Hikes Saturday, June 7

NASHVILLE – In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 7, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state. Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.

2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards Announced

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 09:40 am

Individuals, Organizations and Projects Honored for Achievements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards today. The 11 winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on June 23.

Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative Announces $458,000 in Funding For New Projects

Friday, May 16, 2014 | 08:30 am

Five Innovative Projects Designed to Gain Knowledge, Protect, and Improve Tennessee’s Waters

Nashville, Tenn. — The Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative announced today its plans to fund five new watershed improvement and protection projects, with a focus on new innovation and community-based initiatives.  Today’s announced funding of $458,000 is in addition to the THWI’s support for its 11 previously funded projects. With the inclusion of today’s announced funding, the total investment by the THWI in these 16 projects amounts to $1,391,407. Projects will support several strategic investment areas of the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative, and the projects will be implemented across the state beginning August 2014 through December 2016.

Meeting Set to Examine Tennessee Nominations to National Register of Historic Places

Monday, May 12, 2014 | 08:28 am

Members of the Public Invited to Attend Nashville Meeting on May 28

NASHVILLE – The State Review Board will meet on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, to examine Tennessee’s proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Beginning at 9 a.m., the meeting will be held at the Clover Bottom Mansion, located at 2941 Lebanon Road in Nashville.

Tennessee Historical Commission Announces Slave Dwelling Project at Clover Bottom Mansion on May 22

Thursday, May 08, 2014 | 01:55 pm

Tennessee Historical Commission’s 2014 Awards Program Also to be Presented at

Special Preservation Month Event

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) announced today that historic preservationist Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, will visit their offices at the historic Clover Bottom Mansion for a presentation, lecture, and overnight stay on May 22. The event is being held in conjunction with THC’s annual Certificate of Merit awards program, which also takes place that afternoon and is the focus of the agency’s activities for National Preservation Month.