Written by Carol Rasmussen
Washington, D.C. – NASA scientists conducting research on the connection between fuel moisture and fires have uncovered a paradox: a wet winter corresponds to more small wildfires in the following fire season, not fewer, as is commonly assumed. Large fires behave more “logically,” with fewer large fires after a wet winter and more after a dry one.
“This is the most surprising result from our study, because we would expect small fires to follow suit with larger fires,” said Daniel Jensen, a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA who worked on the project under the direction of scientist J.T. Reager of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. When there is ample moisture for plant growth, Jensen pointed out, “It seems that the buildup of fuel content alone causes there to be more fires — but not necessarily more devastating fires.”
Nashville, TN – The dry conditions across Tennessee has created a tinderbox where fires can be accidentally set, which has led the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to urge sportsmen be especially cautious as the popular muzzle-loading season opens statewide.
“There are a lot of fires being fought right now and we have even had some on our wildlife management areas, especially in East Tennessee, so we are urging sportsmen to be careful as they get outside and enjoy their hunt” noted Mark Gudlin, the chief of wildlife and forestry for the TWRA.
Nashville, TN – Attention Girl Scouts! Ever wonder what Nashville Zoo is like at night? Now’s your chance to find out at Bugs, Biomes and Badges, the Zoo’s inaugural Girl Scout Campout set for September 6th-7th.
During Bugs, Biomes and Badges, Brownies and Juniors will get the chance to earn a badge after the animals go to bed (Brownies earn the Bug badge; Juniors earn the Animal Habitats badge). Other activities include animal presentations, campfire with marshmallows, breakfast and admission to the Zoo on Sunday.
Fort Campbell, KY – All you have to do is walk through any store to know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a unique way to treat your sweetie, then Fort Campbell Riding Stables has just what you need.
Take a relaxing one hour trail ride through some of our beautiful winter scenery; enjoy a dinner for two that will include some of Eagle Catering’s finest treats; then take a hayride to Lake Taal where you will enjoy treats and hot cocoa while sitting on a hay couch around a roaring campfire. «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell, KY – Are you looking for a romantic activity that you can do with your sweetheart?
Fort Campbell Riding Stables had you in mind when they planned this event! On June 29th, the staff at the stables will be holding a Moonlight Trail Ride.
You and your sweetie will arrive at 6:30pm. You’ll start the evening with a hayride and a relaxing meal at Sportsman’s Lodge, followed by a romantic trail ride and s’mores around a campfire. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will be offering, Nature Arts Day, on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00am-4:00pm. Join us in the backyard for the return of this popular annual event at Woodlands Nature Station (NS).
The day is filled with fun activities to welcome the coming of autumn. Visit with local artists and craftspeople as they display, demonstrate, and discuss their work. Arts and crafts will be available for purchase. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee – The Fourth of July is a time for celebration and family fun – and Tennessee State Parks offer a variety of ways to spend Independence Day! Below are just a few great Tennessee State Park events before and after the holiday – so get outdoors and enjoy a state park near you.
Finding a state park in your own backyard is easy to do and you don’t have to spend a lot of gas money to get there!
Tennessee State Parks offer a variety of activities and events throughout the winter. From great hikes to bluegrass – there’s something designed for the entire family!
Here are just a few state park events in your area. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will be offering a fall festival, Autumn Nature Celebration, on Saturday & Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd. Come out to enjoy programs, craft activities, hikes, fall gardening tips, apple cider pressing, an evening campfire, and more at Woodlands Nature Station (NS) and The Homeplace (HP).
The weekend is filled with fun activities to welcome the coming of autumn. Saturday, the NS will feature Basket Maker, Janice Milligan, who will demonstrate the art of basket making throughout the day. «Read the rest of this article»
Golden Pond, KY – Spend your Labor Day Weekend enjoying a variety of outdoor activities that celebrate the end of summer at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.
Join us September 3rd-6th, as we celebrate LBL’s Summer Finale at Woodlands Nature Station (NS). Activities include appearances by Smokey Bear, canoe trips, nature hikes, a campfire, a watermelon feast, and much more. Visitors to the NS can also enjoy live animal programs, nature exhibits, backyard bird-watching, and nature trails.
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