• TDEC Announces 2016 Energy Education Camps for K-12 Educators

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 10:59am

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs today announced that applications are currently available online for the 2016 K-12 Energy Education Camps. The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

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  • 2016 Vacation Tours Available at Tennessee State Parks

    Monday, February 08, 2016 | 2:09pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks is offering nine vacation packages in 2016 to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts and skill levels. Guests can experience guided tours through eight State Parks across Tennessee and several Natural Areas and Wildlife Refuges.

    The year’s tours begin with a Winter Waterfall Tour at Fall Creek Falls and South Cumberland State Park on Feb. 22-24. Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, guests can experience what a winter water wonderland looks like. The hikes will total roughly seven miles of moderate to strenuous terrain. The cost is $269 per person and includes all taxes, gratuities, meals, transportation and lodging at the Fall Creek Falls Inn. Call 800-250-8610 for reservations.

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  • Department of Interior Moves Forward on Lands Unsuitable for Mining Petition

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 1:21pm

    45-day public comment period to begin Dec. 11

    Nashville, Tenn. – In 2010, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Attorney General, petitioned the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to declare certain land on the Northern Cumberland Plateau be unsuitable for surface mining. Today, as a response to the petition, the DOI announced a draft proposal and draft Environmental Impact Statement, along with a 45-day public comment period,

    “This will protect the specific high elevation ridgelines and conserve the mountains on these public lands in a manner that not only will protect existing natural habitat, but also the viewsheds, vistas and recreation opportunities that support local tourism,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “We welcome the public comment that will come in the next phase of this process.”

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  • More Than $4.4 million in Drinking Water Construction Loans Awarded

    Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | 9:58am

    Low-Interest Loans Help Fund Infrastructure Improvements

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced that one community and one Utility District have been approved to receive more than $4.4 million in low-interest loans for water infrastructure improvements.

    The State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program provides low-interest loans that help communities, utility districts, and water and wastewater authorities finance projects that protect Tennessee’s ground and surface waters and public health. Loans are used to finance the planning, design and construction of water and wastewater facilities.

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  • Tennessee State Parks Host Day After Thanksgiving Hikes

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 10:27am

    Each of the 56 State Parks Will Host a Hike

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 of its parks on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the second year for this event, and one in a series of five statewide hikes throughout the year.

    Tennessee State Parks is also partnering with REI Co-op, the nation’s largest consumer and specialty outdoor retailer, on their #OptOutside campaign. REI is closing the doors of 143 of its retail locations and has instead asked their employees to do what they love most, which is enjoying the outdoors.

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  • Parks and Recreation Grants Available to Local Communities

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 10:19am

    TDEC will Host Grant Workshops Dec. 7 -9

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced today the 2016 grant cycle for the Local Parks and Recreation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program.

    The department is contacting local communities about the grant availability, and will host a series of workshops throughout the state on Monday, December 7, Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

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