Topic: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Natural Areas will host two guided day hikes at Middle Tennessee natural areas on Saturday, January 26th, including excursions to Short Springs State Natural Area in Coffee County and Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County.
On the Short Springs hike, hikers will pass beautiful waterfalls on scenic trails. Virgin Falls has one of Tennessee’s best-loved hiking trails. «Read the rest of this article»
New External-Facing GIS Application Offers Unique Mapping Components and Interactive Design
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced today the launch of its new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based site that provides up-to-date interactive maps and information about recreational opportunities at Tennessee State Parks and natural areas.
Plans also are under way to incorporate GIS information about state historical and archaeological sites in the future. «Read the rest of this article»
Nominations are Open for Governor’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards
Nashville, TN – The Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment. «Read the rest of this article»
Bill Larson and Jerry Blessing of the Tennessee Titans contributed to this story
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System played host to a visit from the Tennessee Titans and Tennessee State Parks at Northeast Middle School on Wednesday as part of the NFL’s Play 60 Initiative.
Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations which in Tennessee includes the Tennessee State Parks, American Heart Association of Middle Tennessee and is focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Jerry Blessing the Tennessee Titans Community Relations Coordinator and Safety Jordan Babineaux talking to the kids at Northeast Middle School
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Funding Helps Promote Energy Efficiency Projects, Benefiting the Environment and Bottom Line
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced a second offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants, totaling $2.25 million to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts, and other similar entities across Tennessee.
Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state (at approximately $5.25 million per year). As part of the grant program’s initial offering, a total of $5.3 million in Clean Energy Grants was awarded in 2012 to a variety of projects within state government, municipalities, utilities, state colleges and universities and communities throughout the state. «Read the rest of this article»
Public/Private Partnership Allows Purchase After Four Decades Managing Under Private Ownership
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»
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.
Rocky Fork to be Tennessee’s 55th State Park.
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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»