Topic: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill announced today that Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County has been acquired by the state of Tennessee through the support of a number of private/public partnerships.
Virgin Falls has been under private ownership, but managed by the state as a natural area for nearly 40 years. Working closely with the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the state of Tennessee was able to purchase the 1,551-acre parcel near Sparta through a combination of funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and private donations. «Read the rest of this article»
Veterans Day Designated a Free State Park Day for Tennessee Veterans, Including Complimentary Golfing and Night of Camping
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks announced today its annual free state parks day for all Tennessee veterans on Monday, November 12th, offering one free night of camping and complimentary greens fees for 18 holes of golf with appropriate identification.
Passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2010, the policy calls for a yearly, special state parks day to honor Tennessee’s resident veterans.
“This is our way of honoring the many brave men and women who have served our country,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The state parks family extends a warm invitation to all of Tennessee’s veterans to visit us on November 12th and enjoy a day in one of our beautiful parks.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennesse Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Lamar Alexander Name Rocky Fork as Proposed Site for Tennessee’s 55th State Park
Erwin, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau joined members of the Tennessee General Assembly, local elected officials and members of the community for a special ceremony announcing the future conveyance of more than 2,000 acres in the Rocky Fork area of Unicoi County, that will eventually become Tennessee’s 55th state park.
The property is part of the 10,000-acre tract acquired by The Conservation Fund and U.S. Forest Service in 2008, and will be conveyed to the state of Tennessee in the coming months.
Nashville, TN – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Long Hunter State Park will host the 31st Annual Pow Wow and Fall Festival October 19th-21st, featuring Native American artists, musicians, dancers, food and storytellers.
Sponsored by the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, this time-honored gathering draws thousands of people from across the country and offers a great opportunity to explore a variety of tribal customs and cultural experiences. «Read the rest of this article»
Earth Science Week Toolkits Available to Teachers Across the State
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 14th-20th Earth Science Week in Tennessee, promoting the important role that geology and other earth sciences play in Tennessee’s safety, health, welfare and economy.
As part of Earth Science Week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Geology, in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, has a limited number of Earth Science Week toolkits to distribute to science teachers across the state. «Read the rest of this article»
Adams, TN – Port Royal State Historic Park will host a ribbon-cutting event for exterior restorations of its 1859 Masonic Lodge building on September 29th, beginning at 10:00am. Free and open to the public, the anniversary event will also include 19th century living history opportunities, along with exhibits on the area’s tobacco culture and future plans for the park.
In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, other activities will include a 75th Anniversary presentation by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and a presentation on Port Royal – its past, present and future. Attached is the initial communication we shared. «Read the rest of this article»
Event Will Help Commemorate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary
Gallatin, TN – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Bledsoe Creek State Park will host a special music festival on Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 11:00am through 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.
“We are very excited to celebrate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary this year,” said Park Manager Wayne Bomar. “The music festival is a great time to gather with friends, enjoy a day of music and it is the perfect opportunity to thank the Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park for all their hard work and support.” «Read the rest of this article»
Grant Program Encourages Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development Project
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will once again partner with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects.
A total of $350,000 in grant funds will be available for allocation over the next three years. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to local governments through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. The grants require a 20 percent local match. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reminds Wild Ginseng Harvesters about Law Changes
Changes Impact Harvest and Buying Seasons; Public Participation Opportunities Also Announced
Nashville, TN – As part of the Department of Environment and Conservation’s regulatory role regarding the export of wild American ginseng, the Division of Natural Areas is sending out a reminder to harvesters about the 2012 law change. A series of upcoming public participation opportunities to address potential rule changes has also been announced. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – 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. «Read the rest of this article»
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