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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Rafters enjoy the whitewater on the Ocoee River as it runs through the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers State Park.

Environment and Conservation is a diverse, dynamic department serving our state by:

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of Tennessee citizens from environmental hazards;
  • Protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s land, air and water;
  • Managing the Tennessee State Parks system.

The department has more than 3,200 employees working across Tennessee. Seventy-eight percent of these positions are full-time, and the balance are either part-time or seasonal. Fifty-six percent of department employees work in Tennessee State Parks and conservation activities, while 44 percent work in environmental protection programs and the central office.

The department’s budget for FY07-08 is $360 million.

  • 53 percent of funding comes from dedicated fees and state parks revenue
  • 28 percent of funding comes from state general fund
  • 19 percent of funding comes from federal sources

Environmental Protection

The department is the chief environmental and natural resource regulatory agency in
Tennessee. It has delegated responsibility from the U.S. EPA to regulate sources of:

Bridge built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps invites visitors to Cumberland Mountain State Park.

We have eight (8) environmental field offices across the state.

We offer a program of grants and loans to assist local communities with the development and maintenance of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure as well as solid waste disposal, waste prevention, plus programs for recycling, parks, greenways and trails.

We promote both front-end environmental education and strong, effective enforcement.

Parks and Conservation

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is a popular urban location for learning Tennessee history and taking a break from the hustle of Capitol Hill.
The department manages 53 state parks and 79 state natural areas encompassing over 185,000 acres across Tennessee - ranging from rustic natural and historic sites to resort parks with 6 inns, 8 restaurants, 4 marinas and the 12 golf courses on the Tennessee Golf Trail.

Tennessee State Parks will draw nearly 25 million visitors in 2008. We also provide support and assistance to local governments for local parks and recreation programs.

We are also responsible for conserving and promoting the historical, natural and archaeological heritage of Tennessee