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Published six times a year, The TENNESSEE CONSERVATIONIST is dedicated to promoting the mission of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to preserve, protect and wisely use the state's natural and cultural resources.

Subscriptions are $15 for one year; $22 for two years; $30 for three years.

Phil Bredesen

Jim Fyke
Environment and Conservation Commissioner

Paul Sloan
Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner

Louise Zepp

Jeff Law
Art Director/Designer

Ventrese Louise Hall
Circulation Manager

Melisa Ricard
Administrative Secretary

Mailing Address:
The Tennessee Conservationist
Dept. of Environment & Conservation
Nashville, TN 37243-0440
(615) 532-0060

Partnerships Make the Difference at Harpeth River State Park
Eagle Scout Patrick Breedlove and others from BSA Troop 952 constructed this bridge at Newsom’s Mill Historic Site.
Photo by Jane Polansky.

Feature: Partnerships Make the Difference at Harpeth River State Park

New interpretive panels and improved canoe access are among items that prove that “Partnerships Make the Difference at Harpeth River State Park,” the featured article for this issue, written by Park Manager Jane Polansky. Partners like the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation and Boy Scouts have helped the park as it consolidated from a series of sites into a stand-alone entity.

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Tennessee History Festival
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Manager Mike Cole and Tennessee State Parks Ranger Damon Graham as Long Hunters at Tennessee’s History Festival.
Photo by Tennessee State Parks.

Tennessee State Park Rangers Portray Historic Characters at Tennessee’s History Festival
by Louise Zepp
You might run into a Civilian Conservation Corps worker or a Suffragist or any number of other characters from history at Tennessee’s History Festival, set for the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Oct. 10-11, 2008. Conservationist Editor Louise Zepp talks with some park rangers about their experiences in this event in “Tennessee State Park Rangers Portray Historic Characters at Tennessee’s History Festival.”

Eastern Swallowtails
Two Eastern Swallowtails.
Photo by Larry McDaniel.

Renowned Butterfly Authority to Headline Bristol Event.
by Jeremy Stout
Dr. Jeffery Glassberg, author of field guides including the Butterflies Through Binoculars series and president of the North American Butterfly Association, is slated to speak at the Steele Creek Park’s 11th annual Wildlife Weekend set for October 10-11 in Bristol. Read more about this in Steele Creek Manager Jeremy Stout’s article: “Renowned Butterfly Authority to Headline Bristol Event.” Other programs include: live birds presented by Marty Silver of Warriors’ Path State Park in Kingsport; a cave program with Dr. Blaine W. Schubert of East Tennessee State University and a cave hike; a bird walk; and other sessions on natural history topics.

Hills Island
Hill’s Island in Madison.
Photo by Aubrey Watson.

Preserving Tennessee’s Islands
by Aubrey Watson
Writer and photographer Aubrey Watson, of Nashville, takes a look at several islands across the state in the article “Preserving Tennessee’s Islands,” including the 20-acre Hill’s Island in the Cumberland River in Madison that has been preserved by the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation.

Also In This Issue:

  • New Herbarium Pilot Program at UTC
  • Wetlands – The Regulatory Nature
  • Bridge Companies Span the State

In The Next Issue:

  • Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards
  • Pack to Come Back
  • Hands-on History at Mansker’s Station

About The Tennessee Conservationist

The Tennessee Conservationist is an award-winning magazine recognized around the country for beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles about Tennessee’s natural and cultural wonders. The magazine fulfills its purpose without receiving a state appropriation as it is totally funded through subscription revenue, non-commercial advertising for Tennessee State Parks and environmental programs plus gifts and donations from supporters. Each bimonthly issue features the high quality photographs and articles the magazine has long been best known for publishing. The Tennessee Conservationist will be marking its 70th Anniversary in 2007, and I invite readers from across the nation to join us in celebrating this true Tennessee treasure.

Jim Fyke