Topic: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
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 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»
Tennessee State Parks Restaurants to feature Calorie Cards to Help Visitors Make More Healthy Food Choices
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.
“After a day of hiking, golf, tennis, swimming or any of the other activities in our wonderful state parks, we can continue our healthy lifestyles by knowing the calorie content of foods available to us,” said Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “With this step, Tennessee State Parks position themselves to be an even stronger fitness destination for people who want to live healthier lives. More importantly, it helps Tennessee combat the growing problem of obesity and the many destructive health issues accompanying too much weight.”
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits to Tennessee households beginning July 22nd through July 30th, 2012, as part of an ongoing effort to educate citizens across the state about the dangers of radon exposure. There is a limit of one free test kit per address.
“This outreach effort is our way to encourage action and to help Tennesseans identify and address potential radon problems in their homes with these easy-to-use test kits,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Every household is encouraged to take the important step of testing their home to safeguard the health of loved ones from the dangers of exposure to radon. «Read the rest of this article»
Specially Designed Trailer Brings State Parks’ Unique History to Communities Across Tennessee
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill today announced the premiere of Tennessee State Parks’ new traveling anniversary exhibit that will take state parks’ unique history on the road.
Beginning this week, the traveling exhibit will tour state parks and various communities in honor of Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary. Enclosed in a colorful trailer emblazoned with Tennessee State Park images and logos, the exhibit interprets the origins and heritage of the park system.
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