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.

Hike in the Norris Watershed on Saturday, October 11

    There will be a hike in the Norris Watershed on Saturday, October 11, that will be led by Joe Feeman, volunteer natural resource manager for the Norris Watershed and a member of the TCWP Program Committee. The hike will begin at the Lenoir Museum (Norris Dam State Park) parking area, about a mile downstream from Norris Dam on U.S. Hwy. 441.

    The route will take hikers up Clear Creek Trail to Dyer Hollow Trail, then ascend up the hollow, ultimately reaching Observation Point, the highest point of the hike, with an open view of Norris Dam, the Clinch River, and Walden's Ridge in the distance. We'll then take the Observation Point Trail down to Eagle Trail, following it to Cliff Trail and back down the hill to the museum.

    The Norris Municipal Watershed is a 2,300-acre area that is the watershed of Clear Creek, the source of the city's water supply; it is managed for water quality protection, sustainable forest management, and public recreation. A network of about 30 miles of forest roads and single-track trails are managed by the Norris Watershed Board.

    The hike will go through several different forest ecotypes; some of the work done by the CCC and TVA in the 1930s as part of the Norris project will also be on view. This hike is 4.1 miles in length and rated easy/moderate, with a total elevation gain of about 600 feet.

    A carpool will meet in Oak Ridge in the Rush/Books-a-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's), to leave at 8:15 a.m. or participants can meet the group at the Lenoir Museum at 9. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks or a lunch.

A Day at Big South Fork is focus of Oct. 25 TCWP Annual Meeting

    TCWP's 48th Annual Meeting will feature Niki Nicholas, superintendent of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, as guest speaker. The meeting will be held in the fire cache building at Big South Fork (across from park headquarters), with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. In addition to Superintendent Nicholas, the morning session will include our brief annual business meeting, followed by lunch at 11:30 (included in the $15 registration fee).

    After lunch, participants can join a moderate hike (about five miles round trip) to Devil's Den or an easy hike (one mile round trip) to Sunset Overlook.

    Advance registration for the annual meeting is encouraged. Contact Sandra Goss at 865-583-3967 or at

    Anyone wishing to carpool from Oak Ridge should meet in the Rush/Books-a-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's), to leave at 8 a.m.

Fall Cedar Barren Cleanup – Saturday, November 8

    The Oak Ridge Cedar Barren will again be the site of exotic invasive plant removal as we conduct our fall cleanup, our third and final cleanup of the year. Located next to Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, the Barren is a joint project of the City of Oak Ridge, State Natural Areas Division, and TCWP. The area is one of just a few cedar barrens in East Tennessee, and is subject to invasion by Chinese lespedeza, leatherleaf viburnum, Chinese privet, autumn olive, mimosa, Nepal grass, multiflora rose, and woody plants that threaten the system¹s prairie grasses. Our efforts help to eliminate invasives and other shade-producing plants that prevent the prairie grasses from getting needed sunlight.

    Volunteers should meet in the Jefferson Middle School Parking lot at 9 a.m. Eastern time, with sturdy shoes, loppers, gloves, and water. The work session will conclude at noon with a pizza lunch. For more information, contact Tim Bigelow at 865-607-6781 or

Forest Pests in Your Firewood Presentation – Thursday, November 13

    Martin Wood, Firewood Outreach coordinator for The Nature Conservancy-Tennessee, will talk to us about new regulations aimed at preventing the spread of invasive forest pests, such as the hemlock woolly adelgid and the emerald ash borer, via firewood. Co-sponsored by TCWP, the UT Arboretum Society, the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, and the Nature Conservancy- Tennessee the presentation will start at 7:00 p.m. at the City Room at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge. This topic will be especially timely as chilly weather sets in.

TCWP Holiday Party – Thursday, December 11

    This annual event, which has become one of the most popular of the year, will again be held at the home of long-time TCWP members Jenny Freeman and Bill Allen, 371 East Drive, Oak Ridge. Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 11, and plan now to join us!

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.

Lee Russell’s 90th Birthday Celebration was a jubilant gathering of Lee’s ORNL colleagues, TCWP friends, and others.
See pictures by Ray Smith

A proposed win-win alternative to the proposed 69 kV above ground power line near Oak Ridge greenway

     Industrial development continues to threaten conservation and recreation in west Oak Ridge, at the boundary between the Department of Energy's Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE) and the Horizon Center industrial park on Parcel ED-1. The industrial park was built without enough electrical capacity to accommodate the businesses that Oak Ridge would like to recruit. The solution devised by the city's electric department and economic development leaders is to build an overhead powerline along the narrow DOE road that forms the boundary of the BORCE and Parcel ED-1 – a well-shaded road that has become a popular public greenway trail in the last few years, since the BORCE was established. A powerline would result in the permanent clearing of the right-of-way, plus the removal of trees outside the right-of-way that could fall on the powerline . . . READ MORE


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