• Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    The majestic Beech Tree

        The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is very common in our area and is to me one of the nobler trees in the forest. It has never been in high demand for timber, and so many beech trees have been left to grow large and majestic. The bark is silvery gray, smooth, and easy to identify even from a distance.  

  • Gibbons’ river frontage gifted to Obed Wild & Scenic River

       Obed Wild and Scenic River added 161 acres within the park’s legislative boundary through a donation by Mary Ann Gibbons, a former resident of East Tennessee.

  • Scott County Bee Association meeting set for Jan. 16

        The Scott County Bee Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion building in Oneida next to Andy’s Flower Shop. For more information, contact Larry Walker at 423-628-6455.

  • Obed Wild and Scenic River announces Winter Owl Prowl on Jan. 19

        The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act all throughout 2018. The first event to celebrate this historic act will be a ranger-led owl prowl program on Friday evening, Jan. 19. The program will begin promptly at 6 p.m. (EST) at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot, which is located just off Ridge Road in Morgan County. Participants will get a chance to learn the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern Screech Owl and the Barred Owl.

  • Outdoor Tip - Picnic in the Snow
  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Wind chill

        The humorist Carl Hurley once said that he wished they had never invented the wind-chill factor given in weather reports. “Use to when they said it was 29 degrees it felt like 29 degrees,” he commented. “But now they say it’s 29 degrees with a wind chill of 20 and you freeze to death!”  

  • Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR now recruiting for summer seasonal positions

        Big South National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River have several seasonal job openings for the summer of 2018 in all areas of the parks. In addition, there are seasonal jobs opportunities at many of the over 400 National Park Service units across the country.

  • Photo contest underway for Tennessee wildlife calendar

        The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2018-19 photo contest for publication in Tennessee Wildlife’s annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee.

  • Outdoor Tip - Picnic in the Snow

        Get out of town - The winter slush in a city is no fun. If you can, hop into a car and make tracks to a local orchard, farmer’s field or even a golf course. If staying in town is the only option, try and head for the biggest park near you and bushwhack off the trail. Find a nice perch with a view and ideally some sunshine. No matter where you are, make the outing more of an adventure for the kids by pretending you’re in a favorite storybook.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    The shape of snow

        Snow is a weather event that is either loved or loathed, with not much middle ground. There is no denying however that a gently falling snow is a beautiful, serene sight. As with most things in nature, snow is a more complex phenomenon than it appears.