• Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Aliens in your neighborhood

        If you know what to look for, you will discover aliens nearby, brutal ones bent on world domination. Some walk around, some fly, but the really dangerous ones blend into the landscape and slowly increase in numbers undetected until it’s too late and they take over.  This isn’t science fiction, but a nasty reality show called exotic invasive pests, and many are out to get our forests.

  • Tennessee Farm Bureau announces Black Vulture Sub-Permit

        Black vulture attacks on livestock are a serious and costly issue for many Tennessee producers who experience losses of livestock to black vultures. Unfortunately, producers are limited in legal methods of removing problem black vultures since they are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Previously, the only legal option to protect livestock from depredation was to apply annually for an individual black vulture depredation permit at the cost of $100.

  • Night Skies Over the Obed set for March 17

        Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects. Our national parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to experience this critical resource. The Obed Wild and Scenic River is one of these special places where you can enjoy the quiet, dark solitude of nature at night, and now the Obed is one of the newest Dark Sky Parks designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

  • March 19 is photo contest deadline for 2018-19 TN Wildlife calendar issue

        The March 19 deadline is nearing for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2018-19 photo contest. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating and wildlife species native to Tennessee.
        The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife, which is the summer issue. If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.    

  • Free Trapper Training Camp March 23-25

        TWRA is once again happy to partner with the Tennessee Fur Harvesters for the 2018 free trapper training camp to be held at the Hiwassee Refuge March 23-25.
        This three day camp is packed full of great information for those interested in learning about the craft of fur taking. Participants will utilize live trap lines and learn about trap modification, set making, snaring and fur handling skills.

  • Outdoor Tip

    Garden in small batches - Most of us save up gardening chores for the weekend. The result: several hours of hard work, the last few not very fun. Instead, garden in 30-minute spurts all week long. This will get you outdoors more frequently, and you’ll never get bored or tired because of the brevity of the task. Best of all, come Saturday, your yard and garden will need only a little work, leaving you more time for fun!

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Tree wisdom

  • Morgan County Soil Conservation District attends TACD Convention
  • Help build the Cumberland Trail in Morgan County

        On Saturday, March 10, the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will work on new section of trail that will connect the Morgan County Visitor Center in Wartburg, to the top of Bird Mountain, headed north toward Frozen Head State Park and State Natural Area. Weather permitting; volunteers are invited to assist with construction. Tools and training are provided and no experience is required.
        Volunteers will meet at the Morgan County Visitor Center at 10 a.m. for an orientation/safety meeting. Work will conclude by 3:30 p.m.  

  • Healthy hike on Cumberland Trail March 10

        The Obed Wild and Scenic River will be conducting a ranger-led healthy hike on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. (EST). Join Ranger Rick Ryan for a moderate out and back hike of 2.6 miles total along the Emory River Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail. The trail begins at the historic Nemo Bridge and ascends through a peaceful understory of mountain laurel and rhododendron embraced by the sounds of water resonating off the canyon walls, culminating in a sweeping overlook above the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers.