Shelly Morris, director of floodplain strategies in TN and KY, gave a presentation focused on floodplain restoration in West Tennessee and TNC’s floodplain prioritization tool. For decades, TNC has worked in floodplains, which has helped improve water quality, reduce flood risks for communities and enhance wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in places throughout North America and beyond. Watch the recording.
Trail Camera 101
The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee state director provided a glimpse of how TNC employs trail cameras to monitor wildlife on some of our nature preserves. In addition to providing a great introduction to trail cameras, he shared ideas for how you can enjoy them in your own yard. Watch the recording.
Virtual Tour of Shady Valley
Our director of protection, Gabby Lynch, takes you on a virtual tour of TNC's Shady Valley nature preserves, a hidden treasure blanketed in a mosaic of sphagnum/cranberry peat bogs, white pine/hemlock forests and a diverse array of plants and animals. Watch the recording.
Earth Month Event: Tackling Climate Change in the Southern U.S.
Nature Conservancy experts from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia spoke about TNC’s work to implement natural climate solutions, address renewable energy development, and restore critical lands and waters. Watch the recording.
Restoring Woodlands with Fire
The Conservancy's East Tennessee Program Director, Katherine Medlock, shared about how TNC uses fire to manage and restore Tennessee’s forests. In addition to cleaning air and filtering water, our state's forests—which cover an estimated 13,881,540 acres, or 53 percent of the state—store carbon, harbor diverse wildlife, and serve as a source of timber and other resources that support local economies and livelihoods. Without fire, many of these forests grow unchecked to develop closed tree canopies that block sunlight, which has altered native plant and animal communities. Watch the recording.
Forest Action Plan Panel
In December 2020, TNC, in collaboration with the TN Division of Forestry, released a new TN Forest Action Plan. This plan provides a comprehensive assessment of the condition of Tennessee's forests, risks and challenges associated with their health and resiliency, and strategies for protecting, conserving and enhancing this vital resource for residents and visitors. Our own TNC staff and TN Division of Forestry representatives provided an inside look at the new plan and its innovative strategies to keep forests as forests. Watch the recording.
Photography in Nature
The world is full of natural beauty, but capturing this beauty on camera can be difficult. In this virtual workshop, we learned about The Nature Conservancy's breathtaking preserves in Tennessee and how to photograph them. Longtime TNC supporter and professional photographer, Byron Jorjorian joined us to provide tips on how to take great photographs of nature. Byron was joined by TNC's Tennessee director of conservation, Alex Wyss, to talk more about the properties from a conservation perspective. Watch the recording.
Partnership In Action: The University of Tennessee and TNC
In November 2019, The Nature Conservancy signed a historic agreement that established the University of Tennessee (UT) as the first academic institution to enroll in TNC’s Working Woodlands Program. The agreement includes seeking Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification—the most rigorous available for conserving working forests—for approximately 11,400 acres managed by UT’s Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). In this webinar, a panel of leaders from TNC and UTIA shared about how this project has progressed over the past year. Watch the recording.
Panel Discussion: TNC at the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain
In 2018 Bridgestone Americas, Inc. donated 5,763 acres of priority conservation land on the Cumberland Plateau - the Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain - a living laboratory demonstrating innovative forest management strategies and natural solutions to climate change. Our panelists shared the history of Chestnut Mountain, the research, education, and recreation opportunities it presents, as well as our future plans. Watch the recording.
Aquatic Connectivity and Dam Removal
The rivers and streams in the Southeast are impacted with thousands of dams and barriers resulting in one of the greatest threats to aquatic biodiversity. Join us to learn from Rob Bullard, TNC's Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers project director, about the importance of aquatic connectivity and about recent dam removal projects. Watch the recording.
Great American Outdoors Act
The Conservancy's director of US government relations for lands, Tom Cors, joined Sally Palmer, TNC's director of science and policy in Tennessee and Gabby Lynch, TNC's director of protection in Tennessee to share the story behind TNC's effort to help secure passage of the historic Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). Watch the recording.
Protecting and Creating Doe Mountain Recreation Area
Gabby Lynch, TNC's director of protection in Tennessee, discussed the unique process of protecting Doe Mountain and creating the Doe Mountain Recreation Area, an eco-tourism destination in East Tennessee. Watch the recording.
Caves, Karsts, and Bats
Cory Holliday, TNC's Cave & Karst program director in Tennessee, provided an informative and engaging presentation on the underground landscape of Tennessee and the creatures that live there. Especially relevant to current events, he also discussed the relationship between bats and Covid-19. Watch the recording.
TNC's director of forest protection, Trish Johnson, provided an informative presentation on carbon credits, forest management, family forests, and TNC's Working Woodlands program in Tennessee. Watch the recording.
Virtual Wildflower Walk at Taylor Hollow
The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee director of science and policy and wildflower aficionado, Sally Palmer, took us on a virtual tour of Taylor Hollow preserve during peak wildflower season. Watch the recording.