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Tennessee Webinars


Bright magenta petals emerge from a coneflower.
Tennessee Coneflower An endangered Tennessee coneflower grows at the Couchville Cedar Barrens in Tennessee. © Byron Jorjorian

Join The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee for monthly virtual gatherings that cover conservation topics related to tackling climate change, protecting land and water, and providing food and water sustainably.

Register for upcoming webinars at the links listed under each event. NOTE: You must register to attend—information for joining the webinars via Zoom will be provided upon registering. 

You can also watch previous webinar recordings at the links listed on the next tab!

Upcoming Webinars

April 13
Restoring Woodlands with Fire
Tennessee’s forests cover an estimated 13,881,540 acres—53 percent of the state—and provide numerous benefits to all Tennesseans. In addition to cleaning air and filtering water, they store carbon, harbor diverse wildlife, and serve as a source of timber and other resources that support local economies and livelihoods. These forests also serve as a cherished destination for those seeking solace and beauty, or active outdoor recreation, in a natural setting. However, without fire, forests grow unchecked to develop closed tree canopies that block sunlight, which has altered native plant and animal communities. Learn how TNC uses fire to manage and restore forests with East Tennessee Program Director, Katherine Medlock. Register today

April 15
Earth Day Event: Tackling Climate Change in the Southern U.S.
Listen to experts in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia about TNC’s work to implement natural climate solutions, address renewable energy development, and restore critical lands and waters. This takes place at 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET. Register today

April 22
CHANGE STARTS HERE: An Earth Day Celebration
Hosted by TNC's CEO, Jennifer Morris, this Earth Day event will celebrate today’s environmental heroes with numerous engaging speakers and a musical performance by Aloe Blacc. We hope that you will join us for this inspiring, virtual Earth Day event, "Change Starts Here."
Register Today      

May 6
Virtual Tour of Shady Valley
Long recognized as one of the Southern Appalachians' most ecologically important areas, northeast Tennessee’s Shady Valley reveals a rare, high-elevation remnant of the last Ice Age—a hidden treasure blanketed in a mosaic of sphagnum/cranberry peat bogs and white pine/hemlock forests. A diverse array of plants and animals, many of them also found in New England’s famous cranberry bogs, have sheltered in Shady Valley due to its elevation and climate. Come explore the unique landscape on a virtual tour of TNC’s preserve with Director of Protection, Gabby Lynch. Register today.

June 22
Trail Camera 101
The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee employs trail cameras on some of our properties to monitor wildlife and get a glimpse of what lives on the preserves. Join Terry Cook, TN State Director, for a fun introduction to trail cameras and ideas for how you can enjoy them in your own yard. This takes place at 4:00 p.m. CT/5:00 p.m. ET.      
Register today.      

July 20
Floodplain Restoration
For decades, The Nature Conservancy has worked in floodplains—work that has helped improve water quality, reduce flood risks for communities and enhance wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in places throughout North America and beyond. Join Shelly Morris, Director of Floodplain Strategies TN and KY to learn more about floodplain restoration in West Tennessee and TNC’s floodplain prioritization tool.
Register today

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Past Webinars

March 2021
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.

November 2020
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.

October 2020
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.

September 2020
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.

August 2020
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.

July 2020
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.

June 2020
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.

May 2020
Working Woodlands
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.

April 2020
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.

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