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TCWP (Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning) is dedicated to achieving and perpetuating protection of natural lands and waters by means of public ownership, legislation, or cooperation of the private sector. While our first focus is on the Cumberland and Appalachian regions of East Tennessee, our efforts may extend to the rest of the state and the nation. TCWP's strength lies in researching information pertinent to an issue, informing and educating our membership and the public, interacting with groups having similar objectives, and working through the legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of government on the federal, state, and local level.

Don't be concerned that you'll be at an event by yourself just because there are few meet-up reservations. TCWP has over 200 members across middle and east Tennessee, many of whom rely on our excellent newsletter (published 6 times a year) rather than this site for information on frequent lectures, field trips, work days, and other outdoor activities.

For more information and to join TCWP go to http://www.tcwp.org

Upcoming events (4)

Worthington Cemetery Celebrated as Public Land

Elza Gate Park

On Saturday, September 25, Worthington Cemetery Ecological Study Area will be the site of multi-events, including a program about the pre-Civil war cemetery and the Worthington family’s life centuries ago, a tour of the ESA, and treating some pesky non-native, prolific buckthorn to a good Weed Wrangle®. This frequently-held annual event, co-hosted by TVA and TCWP, helps to eradicate wisteria, privet, and other pest plants and to heighten awareness of the historically and ecologically significant land.

Volunteers should meet at Oak Ridge’s Elza Gate park at 9:00 a.m.; the event will end about noon. Bring loppers and/or clippers if available, and wear sturdy shoes and clothes. There likely will be insects and ticks in abundance. Take precautions.

BTW, ticks are arachnids, not insects.

Three Bends Melton Lake/Pellissippi Blueway Scenic Paddle Trip and Cleanup

Gravel Parking Area just past turnoff to Clark Center Park

TCWP and Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation are organizing another scenic paddle trip to promote and help maintain the Three Bends and Pellissippi Blueway on Melton Lake. We plan to paddle out from the cove and enjoy tranquil inlets, birds and other wildlife, early fall wildflowers, and the fabulous scenery the Three Bends area has to offer. We’ll visit a portion of Solway Bend and Freels Bend. Along the way we’ll do our part in cleaning up the shoreline by picking up and hauling back manageable trash we encounter.

Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the gravel parking area by the lake just past the turnoff to Clark Center Park off Pumphouse Rd. Those needing a kayak or canoe can rent one from Adventure Outdoors (Adventureoutdoors.com); we will provide assistance in transporting boats to the put-in place.

Please bring a life jacket and wear it whenever you’re in the boat! Be prepared for sun, and bring a lunch and water. For additional information contact Tim Bigelow,[masked] or [masked].

TCWP Annual Meeting at Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake State Park

TCWP will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 23, at Cove Lake State Park Pavilion 3 in Caryville with Bob Fulcher, manager of the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, as our keynote speaker. The meeting will include a business meeting to elect TCWP officers and board members for 2022, lunch, and a birthday cake to celebrate the 55th anniversary of TCWP’s founding. After lunch Bob, who is also a folklorist and musician, will play a few tunes. He invites any meeting attendee who plays an instrument to join in!

Registration is $17 per person and begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and bagels; meeting will kick off at 10:0 0 a.m. Lunch will be pork barbecue sandwich, slaw and pickle or Falafel wrap with cucumber salad.

COVID-19 precautions will be encouraged. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

RSVP at https://tcwp.org/event/tcwp-annual-meeting-at-cove-lake-state-park/?instance_id=463

Norris Watershed Hike

Norris Water Treatment Plant

This year’s hike in the Norris Municipal Watershed will explore the history of the Watershed at the time TVA purchased the property, in 1933. We’ll begin the hike on Clear Creek Trail and travel up to Lower White Pine Trail, then up Upper White Pine to Hi Point Trail. We’ll make a side trip up to High Point, the highest point in the area. A short hike down Hi Point will take us to Freeway Trail and then to Ridgecrest Trail. It is all downhill from this point, and we’ll join Hi Point Trail again for a short distance to the pump house.

The hike will cover about 3.8 miles with a couple of hills and is rated easy to moderate (see Norris Watershed Trail map at: http://www.cityofnorris.com/id336.html). Along the way we’ll see some old home sites, the original and still extant city spring, old water weirs put in by TVA, the site of a CCC camp, and more.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. the Norris City Water Treatment Plant (pump house), located on Lower Clear Creek Road. (Turn right heading toward Norris Dam on US 441, turn right at the Rice Grist Mill, and go to the blue tower just up from the creek ford.) Those who would like to carpool or caravan from Oak Ridge can meet in the Gold’s Gym/Books-a-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) at 8:15 a.m.. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks or a lunch. For more information, contact Joe Feeman at[masked] or [masked].

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Summer Cedar Barren Cleanup/Weed Wrangle®

Jefferson Middle School

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