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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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Big Soddy Creek Gulf Wildflower Walk Saturday, May 14

     This joint outing for TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society has appeal for a variety of hiking strengths. The first 1.25 miles is ideal for those with limited hiking capabilities; it is a nearly flat gravel road along a beautiful rushing stream. Some may wish to stop at that distance. For those who continue, there is a stream crossing and a scenic but rocky section of the Cumberland Trail, ending at the newly completed Big Soddy Creek Bridge. For those continuing on to the bridge, the total is about 5 miles round trip. There will be much plant discussion.

     Participants can meet for carpooling in the Gold's Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) at 9 a.m. ET, or meet at the BP station on US 27 just north of Soddy Daisy (Bakewell) at the intersection with Retro-Hughes (west side) and McCallie Ferry (east side) at 10:45 a.m. ET. We will carpool from the BP station to the trailhead.

     For more information, contact Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 (cell, best bet), 865-816-3576 (home), or via email at PoundsL471@aol.com.


Hike on New Section of Cumberland Trail (Crab Orchard exit, Daddy's Creek) Saturday, May 21

     This is a second TCWP/TNPS joint outing. This piece of the Cumberland Trail was built just last fall, so this will be its first spring botanizing event. We will see headwater wetlands and Daddy's Creek with its cobble bars. Total walking distance will be about 5 miles, but some may choose to walk less.

     Participants can meet for carpooling in the Gold's Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) at 9 a.m. ET, or meet at the BP station at I-40 Crab Orchard exit 329 east of Crossville at 10 a.m. ET. We will caravan from Crab Orchard to the trailhead.

     For more information, contact Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 (cell, best bet), 865-816-3576 (home), or via email at PoundsL471@aol.com.


Support TCWP through your Kroger purchases

    TCWP is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. TCWP supporters are encouraged to register online at krogercommunityrewards.com. 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 sandra@sandrakgoss.com.


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