February 25th from 8:30 to 4:15 at Cumberland Mountain State Park

Katherine Medlock at 865-546-5998
or [email protected]
February 25, 2008

8:30-9:00 Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:45 Keynote speaker (To Be Announced)

9:45-10:00 Break (View Posters and Booths downstairs)

10:00-11:45  The Changing Landscape of the Cumberland Plateau (30 min per                               speaker, 15 minutes of Q&A at the end)
                     Steve Bullard, PhD, University of Kentucky 
                              Department of Forestry Chair 3.77MB pdf
                     Kevin Hoyt, PhD Candidate, University of Tennessee Department                               of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries 634KB pdf
                     Michael Birdwell, PhD, Tennessee Technological University,                               Associate Professor of History

11:45-12:15 Break (View Booths downstairs and/or watch TN Forestry                                  Association video)

12:15-1:00 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Director’s Report   194KB pdf

1:00-1:30  Regional Marketing Plan update on progress
                         MMA Creative  62KB pdf

1:30-2:00 Nature Viewing Trail: assessment phase completion
                        Mary Jeanne Packer of Fermata Inc.   7.30MB pdf

2:00-2:30 Break (View Booths downstairs and/or watch TFA)

2:30-4:15  Planning for Prosperity (30 min per speaker, 15 minutes of Q&A at the end)
                        Jeanne Stevens, Director, Long Range Planning Division,                                     Tennessee Department of Transportation
                        Trip Pollard, Southern Environmental Law Center  1.38MB pdf
                        Chris Wilson, Director of Main Street McMinnville  718KB pdf


The day’s lunch is being sponsored jointly by the Chambers of Commerce of the Cumberland Plateau counties.  We’d like to extend sincere gratitude to Cumberland, Fentress, Marion, Morgan, Pickett, Putnam, and Sequatchie Counties for making today possible!


Some of the PowerPoint Presentations are still available for download. See links below. If the presentation is too large for download and you would like to have a copy, please contact Katherine Medlock at 865-546-5998 or [email protected]



First Annual conference
was sponsored in part by:



Business meeting for Alliance members begins at 9:00

9:30-10:00 Commissioner Jim Fyke Keynote address

10:00-10:45 Ecology Session
State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation
      Stategies - TWRA
- Mark Thurman
Landscape features and associated rare species
      of southern KY-
James Kiser, Daniel Boone National Forest
Caves - The Nature Conservancy - Cory Holiday

11:00-11:45 Socioeconomics Session
Socioeconomics of the Plateau-Don Hodges PhD. Univ. of TN
Gateway Communities-Vanessa Morel, NPCA
Upper Cumberland Tourism Association -
       Kacee Pennycuff Harris

11:45-1:15 Lunch and Workshop by Mary Jeanne Packer of Fermata Inc./Ghostwriters Communications

1:15-2:00 Recreation Session
Panel: Rick Bost: Rock Climbing
Juanita Guinn: Whitewater Paddling
Stephen Stedman: Birdwatching
Fount Bertram: Hiking

2:15-3:00 Historic Session
Carol Van West PhD
Michael Birdwell PhD
Ben Nance

3:15-4:00 Closing Remarks by Carol Van West PhD


The PowerPoint presentations are no longer available for download. If you wish for a copy of the presentation please contact Kaatherine Medlock. at 865-546-5998 or [email protected]


A free version of
Adobe Acrobat Reader
is available at


You are welcome to stay afterward to view the booths and posters or speak with presenters or other participants.