Welcome to our Conservation page!
Scroll down to learn more about:
* River, stream, and lake clean-ups in your area.
* TSRA and the Harpeth River Watershed Association's joint effort on building a canoe/kayak access along the Harpeth River.
* Legislative activities.
* TSRA's conservation accomplishments.
AND MORE . . . some old, some new, but all are relevant to TSRA's conservation efforts and our goals of preservation, protection and restoration of the scenic, free-flowing rivers of Tennessee.
Groups Reach Agreement in Canton Paper Mill Controversy
We began this process in July of 2010 and it has now come to an agreement.
Click HERE to read more about the agreement with Blue Ridge Paper
Great News from TSRA Member Connor Franklin:
Our Hatchie group has made the press. The Tennessee Conservationist
has published an article along with photos we submitted in the magazines September/October issue. We are also featured as the lead story on the Tennessee Conservationist web site at http://www.tn.gov/environment/tn_consv/
This great story comes on the heels of the good news that our group HAS BEEN AWARDED GRANT FUNDS from TWRA again for the third consecutive year in a row. The Hatchie River, through our group, is the only one of sixteen designated scenic rivers statewide to have this distinction.
Our next "Friends of the Hatchie" clean up event will be in the spring of 2012. Watch Web site blog at scenichatchie.blogspot.com
for details. You folks are great!
Get out doors!!
Like this group, which is conducting an invertebrate survey in Rugby, TSRA river adopters monitor streams and their watersheds across Tennessee. Stream surveys, debris cleanups, and streambank restoration are typical activities conducted by adopters.
Click here to learn about the latest in the AAR program.
Watershed Water Quality Management Plans include a general watershed description, water quality assessment summary results, inventory of point and nonpoint sources, water quality concerns voiced by citizens at public meetings, federal, state, and local initiatives, and management strategies. Public meetings are held to discuss the draft plans with local citizens, elected officials, and the regulated community. Click here to learn more!
What is a landform anyway? Landforms are arches, waterfalls, rocks, peaks, balds, and lakes. The University of Tennessee has a very detailed listing that includes 549 waterfalls in our state, and thats just the beginning. Click here to find out more.
by Vesta Griswold
A plant does not live unto itself, but is part of an organized community. The decimation of the natural communities that had become established here before the first settlers arrived, and which had been only slightly interrupted by the Native Americans, was an inevitable result as cities, industries, and farms expanded. Now that our thoroughly mechanized and economically oriented society is in the midst of a population explosion, the decimation of natural areas for immediate use and profit has accelerated phenomenally. We can no longer take it for granted that there will forever be forests of mighty trees with all the lesser dignitaries and the diminutive beauties beneath.
Fortunately, mindful people have taken necessary steps to set aside natural areas in our beautiful countryside. It is now our good fortune to enjoy them as well as to protect them. When human kind descends on an area for recreation, delicate wild flowers are trampled, beaten down, broken off, and wiped out by the masses. Our state parks are well used and enjoyed. We are fortunate, indeed, for we in Nashville are rejuvenated by a walk through Radnor Lake Natural Area, and Warner Park as well as all our lovely parks. We need to use them with care, however. One person traveling straight down a hill can so dislodge loose humus-soil and little roots that the next rain will initiate a gully which more rain will enlarge. The steeper the slope is, the greater the damage. Zigzag paths can prevent that to some extent.
Our Tennessee countryside presents us with an amazing panorama of beautiful landscapes and plant species. We are fortunate, indeed, to have the opportunity to help preserve them for future generations. Our many parks are there for us to enjoy and our State Natural Areas are rare gems. We will never know our beautiful land as the early explorers saw it for it is now forever changed. We have the obligation to help preserve all that we can. We have nurseries that grow our native plants, and we can grow and enjoy them in our yards. We should never take them from the wild unless that area is about to be developed. We can walk with care as we go to and from our beautiful rivers. We can tread with care in our forests. Our creed should be “TAKE ONLY PICTURES FROM OUR BEAUTIFUL WILD PLACES AND LEAVE ONLY FOOT PRINTS” made with care.