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 levels.

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TCWP sponsors outdoor activities and informational programs.

TVA Natural Resources Information Program
Thursday, February 11

    Rebecca Tolene, TVA Vice President, Natural Resources and Deputy General Counsel, will be the featured speaker at an informational program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in the City Room at Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College.

    Tennessee Valley Authority manages thousands of acres of public land around its reservoirs. Tolene will provide an overview of the Natural Resources division, including its funding, challenges and opportunities.

    The program, sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, is free and open to the public. TCWP is an Oak Ridge-based environmental advocacy organization that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information about the program or TCWP, call Sandra K. Goss at 865.583-3967 or

Alley Ford Cumberland Trail Workday Saturday, February 20

     A day of trail work and hiking will take place on the 2.5-mile section of the Cumberland Trail between Nemo Picnic Area and Alley Ford at the Obed Wild and Scenic River adopted by TCWP in 1998. Participants should dress appropriately for winter weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring work gloves, loppers, small bow saws or folding saws, shovels and grubbing tools, as well as a lunch and plenty of water. Some tools will be available at the event.

      Participants can meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge at the Gold's Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot (meet at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) in time to leave Oak Ridge at 9 a.m. Eastern, or can join the crew at Nemo Picnic Area or Rock Creek Campground at 10 a.m. We expect to return to the trailhead by around 3 p.m. (NOTE: If the weather is uncooperative--excessive rain or snow and icewe will reschedule for February 27.)

     For additional information, contact Jimmy Groton at 865-805-9908 or at

Support TCWP through your Kroger purchases

    TCWP is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. TCWP supporters are encouraged to register online at Registration requires one to sign on to Krogers web site and establish a password through the Sign Up Today New Customer box.

     With your password, click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. Then enter TCWPs number, which is 26906.

     Once this process is completed, every time your Kroger Plus card is used on check-out, TCWP will receive a credit. Kroger will send TCWP a check each quarter that reflects a percentage of all purchases made by TCWP shoppers.

     For help navigating the registration process, please call Sandra at 865. 583-3967. Thanks to everyone for supporting TCWP when you shop at Kroger.

For more information, call TCWP Executive Director Sandra at 865-583-3967, or send email to

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