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.

Obed Riverside Picnic This Saturday (July 25)

     Several months ago, longtime TCWP members Jack and Mary Ann Gibbons offered to host a picnic outing to their Obed River property, about 400 acres of beautiful land overlooking the Obed near Alley Ford. Sadly, Jack passed away earlier this month. Mary Ann and her daughters want the picnic to proceed as Jack would have wished.

     In addition to the picnic, the outing will include an opportunity to explore their land. Possible adventures include a hike perhaps ending with a swim - down to the river at Alley Ford (about 0.7 mile one way, with an elevation change of 400 feet), a short off-trail hike to a waterfall, a hike to some bluffs overlooking the Obed River gorge across from Breakaway Bluff, and exploration of the fields and forests that make up the Gibbons property.

     For the picnic lunch, please bring food for yourself and food to share with others, as well as a portable chair to sit on. If you are musically oriented and you aren't shy about entertaining others, you may want to bring a musical instrument.

     We will plan to arrive at the Gibbons property at 10 a.m., allowing some time to hike and explore for a before lunch. We'll plan to eat sometime between noon and 1 p.m., and will also have some time to explore more after lunch.

     Participants can meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge, in the parking lot in front of Gold's Gym (formerly Rush) on S. Illinois Avenue near Salsarita's. We plan to leave Oak Ridge at 9 a.m. Eastern. We'll stop at the Obed Visitor Center in Wartburg for a quick pit stop before going on to the Gibbons farm. (Please note: there are no facilities at the farm.) For the adventurous travelers, the GPS coordinates for the Gibbons farm are North 36.089931, West 84.672535.

     Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact TCWP Executive Director Sandra Goss (865-583-3967, or to sign up.

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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