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.

Free Community School about DOE's Legacy Wastes 9/15, 22, & 29 TCWP teams up with Oak Ridge League of Women Voters

    Community School, a free, three-session seminar series, will take place three consecutive Tuesday evenings, September 15th, 22nd and 29th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

     The seminars are designed to expand Oak Ridgers' knowledge and understanding about the hazardous waste from the Manhattan Project and post WWII nuclear and high-tech research. There will also be presentations about the environmental management process and remediation actions in the community.

     Historian Ray Smith begins the series with a presentation, “Stories from the Secret City” on September 15th. The talk will cover early Oak Ridge history including stories of how the East Tennessee location was selected and the predictions of the “Prophet of Oak Ridge.” There will be mention of the Cold War era and today's Oak Ridge missions.

     The September 22 session will feature three speakers including Susan Cange, Manager of the DOE Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management; Ellen Smith, Environmental Scientist and Oak Ridge City Council Member; and Chris Thompson, Deputy Director at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Cange will introduce the Department of Energy Environmental Management Program. Smith will present on the contaminants released and left behind from federal government activities in Oak Ridge. Thompson will provide an overview of the monitoring of DOE's activities on the Oak Ridge Reservation Relative to Public Health and the Environment.

     The third and final session, on September 29th, features David Adler, Program Manager at the DOE Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, will discuss how DOE Environmental Management identifies and prioritizes sites for cleanup. A panel of members from the City of Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board and the DOE Site Specific Advisory Board will provide information about how residents can stay informed and become involved in the DOE cleanup activities.

     Seminars are sponsored by the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. The Seminars are funded through the New Mexico Community Foundation and Community Involvement which is supported by the Department of Energy. For more information or to register, call 603-498-9307 or write or visit

National Public Lands Day cleanup at Worthington Cemetery - Saturday, September 26

    On September 26 TCWP and TVA will partner again for our annual National Public Lands Day celebration, to be held at TVA's Worthington Cemetery Ecological Study Area on Melton Hill Reservoir in Oak Ridge. Our yearly efforts in this area are helping to eradicate wisteria from the cemetery, and privet and other invasive exotics from the ESA.  A pizza lunch will follow our work session, which will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude around noon. 

     TCWP has for many years partnered with TVA to enhance and protect natural resources at Worthington Cemetery and other TVA lands throughout East Tennessee as part of our mutual stewardship efforts. For additional information, contact TCWP Executive Director Sandra Goss at 865-583-3967 or via email 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 Kroger’s 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 TCWP’s 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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