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.

Presentation on Manhattan Project National Historic Park slated
Thursday, July 14

    November 2015 marked the official beginning of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park, which has sites in three locations, including Oak Ridge. On July 14 Niki Nicholas, who has been designated as the current manager of the Oak Ridge unit (in addition to her duties as superintendent of the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area), will be the featured speaker at the Mid Town Community Center, Oak Ridge.

     The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Nicholas will address the new park and other topics.

     The program is cosponsored by Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation, Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association, and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. For more information call or write Sandra K. Goss at 865-583-3967 or

Creek Exploration Outing at Fall Creek Falls State Park
Saturday, July 23

Fall Creek Falls photo by R. Hedgepath

    Join Randy Hedgepath, the State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks, on July 23 for an adventure at Fall Creek Falls State Park. We will meet at the park Inn and carpool to the Piney Falls area. Randy says, The plan is to hike out the Lower Cane Creek Loop Trail for about a half-mile and learn about the forest of this part of the Cumberland Plateau. Then the real adventure begins

     We will not cross the suspension bridge, but go down under and explore the streambed down to the top of the falls. The forest along the stream is very different from the plateau top. There will be lots of chances to cool off in the stream, lots of scenic bluffs, and a dramatic view into the gorge. The return trip will backtrack to the bridge and out to the vehicles.

     Pre-registration is required for this event by Friday, June 17; to pre-register, contract TCWP Executive Director Sandra Goss at or at 865-583-3967.The two- to three-hour outing is rated moderate, involving short stretches of steep and rocky terrain.

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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