Harvey Broome Group Conservation
Big South Fork wants public input on coal mine drainage
Officials with the Big South Fork want your ideas for cleaning contaminated mine land drainage and preserving the park for years to come.
For decades, coal mining provided jobs and a way of life for folks living in the Big South Fork area. Now, coal runoff from those abandoned mines present a hazard to many ecosystems within the park.
Exposed coal seams from old mines allows rainwater to mix with coal and eventually run to the river.
Comments can be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/biso.
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CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PASSAGE OF WILDERNESS ACT
Event: Tennessee Wilderness: Celebrating 50 years of people, place, and promise
Date: September 3rd, 2014
Location: East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, TN
Tom Tidwell, Chief of US Forest Service
Bill Meadows, former President of The Wilderness Society
Will Skelton, Sierra Club
Charles Maynard, Historian and Methodist Minister
Bill Hodge, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Bill Broome, Nephew of Harvey Broome
Join us on September 3rd, 2014 at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown Knoxville for an inspirational evening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 was landmark legislation and has protected thousands of acres of Tennessee’s most beautiful natural wonders. If you cherish the woods, waters, and wildlife of East Tennessee you don’t want to miss this event.
Tennessee has played a key role in helping our nation realize the importance of protecting wild places that define America and represent freedom in the truest sense of the word. Celebrating this history, speakers at the event will tell the story of people, place, and promise.
The evening will take you on a journey to explore what wilderness means in Tennessee, why it is more important than ever, and what the future holds for the next 50 years of this natural legacy.
The event will include refreshments and plenty of time to socialize.
The event is sponsored by the USFS, Wild South, Smoky Mountains Hiking Club,
the TN Wild Coalition, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, The Wilderness
Society, East Tennessee History Center, Sierra Club, Cherokee Forest Voices, and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.
The Little Tennessee River Basin Native Fish Conservation Partnership
At a meeting in Knoxville on August 7, the Sierra Club was invited to join in a partnership with multiple State and Federal agencies and NGO's to advocate for the conservation and restoration of habitat in the Little Tennessee River Basin for the benefit of native fishes and other aquatic wildlife
. The proposed Native Fish Conservation Area (NFCA) would encompass the entire Little Tennessee River Basin from Fort Loudon Lake to its headwaters in North Carolina and Georgia.
NFCAs are river basins that are managed for the conservation and restoration of native fish and other aquatic species, as well as compatible recreational and commercial uses.
The goal of NFCAs is to sustain the integrity of key aquatic habitats in order to maintain long-term persistence of native aquatic species.
NFCAs involve a non-regulatory, collaborative approach to conservation that incorporates biological needs and local community values into river basin management practices.
The Little Tennessee River has been identified by the World Wildlife Fund as an important global biological hotspot.
Within the basin is a significant reach of river that contains all of the aquatic wildlife that was believed to be present prior colonial settlement.
The Harvey Broome Group and the TN Chapter are excited to be part of this wide-ranging effort to conserve and restore habitats within the Little Tennessee River Basin, benefitting native fish and other aquatic wildlife, and to support educational and cooperative efforts that foster a strong ethic of stewardship so that citizens, decision makers, and land managers are aware of the values of the Basin's aquatic biodiversity and consistently work to protect and enhance it.
For more information or to learn how you can help email Axel Ringe at email@example.com.
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