Raging Colorado fires may mean 2012 climate disasters will match/exceed 2011 records. Hurricanes, drought, wildfires, flooding, and tornadoes - 2011 was truly the year of extreme weather, with the United States suffering more weather-related disasters than ever before. A total of 12 distinct events totaled more than $50 billion in losses and caused hundreds of fatalities, making 2011 the costliest year in disaster-related damage.Read more
The Friends of South Cumberland are sponsoring a chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program, beginning this fall. This first class begins in September and runs through the school year. It will meet an average of once per month, usually on Saturday mornings. At least half of the class time will be spent outdoors, weather permitting. The class covers such topics as local geology, forests, animals, plants, fungi, aquatic biology, and astronomy. Participation goes toward certification as a Tennessee Naturalist. Read more
Because some invasive species are noticeable only in the summer, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning has scheduled an additional exotic invasive plant removal workday at the Oak Ridge Cedar Barren this year. Located next to Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, this barren is a joint project of the City of Oak Ridge, the State Natural Areas Division, and TCWP. This area, one of just a few cedar barrens in East Tennessee, is subject to invasion by Chinese lespedeza, Japanese privet, autumn olive, mimosa, Nepal grass, multiflora rose, and woody plants that threaten the systRead more
The next Grundy County ARC Technical Assistance meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19th in Coalmont, TN at the Coalmont Community Center at 6:30 PM CDT.
At the June meeting, we plan to review the scope of work developed at the March meeting and make sure all of the priorities for Grundy County were identified and discussed. In addition, we will identify a core group and committee chair who will serve as key points of contact for this project.Read more
Please make plans to attend this important meeting in the development of the Walton Road Scenic Byway (WRSB). Lardner/Klein consultants will discuss progress of the WRSB Corridor Management Plan, as well as strategies for development of local resources in the four project counties. Area Chamber of Commerce will especially benefit from this meeting.Read more
It’s hard to believe that we only launched Edge Trekker one month ago. Thus far, we are stoked at the response we have received from users of the Web site and the results that it’s generating. Anyone can go to the Browse Trips page and see the trips that have been created last month and see that it builds more value and credibility behind the Cumberlands as a place to visit.Read more
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new wood-fired biomass gasification plant will produce steam to be distributed throughout the Laboratory's campus for both process and space-heating purposes, using waste wood chips from area suppliers. On Thursday, June 14, Dr.Read more
The Friends of South Cumberland will hold their annual meeting at fabulous
Foster Falls on Saturday, June 16. Come at 10 for a ranger-led hike or at
noon for a potluck picnic. A short business meeting will include the
announcement of the Jim Prince Memorial Award and introduction of the Very
Important Park (VIP) volunteers. Music by the Bazzania Girls Band will round
out the festivities.
Foster Falls is the largest waterfall by volume on the South CumberlandRead more
The Alliance for the Cumberlands is holding a webinar tutorial on June 7 @ 10am CDT to help tourism stakeholders learn how they can use Edge Trekker to promote their area and business. You can register for the Webinar HERE and access the Webinar via phone and internet with the below dial in number, access code and web address:
Webinar Address: www.anymeeting.com/cumberlands1
Phone Number: (512) 400-4809Read more
Edge Trekker was merely launched two weeks ago,yet it is already beginning to prove its usefulness in helping travelers and tourism stakeholders exlpore the possibilties of travel in the Cumberland Plateau region.
Several people have already created trips, and if you haven't tried it yet and are looking for something to do this weekend, then give it a try. Read more