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Outdoors

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    A weird twist on snow

        A lot of folks had their first taste of snow recently, and since snow is more welcome this time of year, I decided to use it as this week’s topic. Trouble is I’ve written several articles about snow in the past, so I had to dig harder to find something fresh to write about. I did find something surprising, that I’d have to classify as weird science. It involves something called heavy water, so prepare to go sub-atomic.

  • Annual photo contest underway for Tennessee Wildlife Magazine Calendar

        The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2019-20 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.

  • On Jan. 20 observe the Total Lunar Eclipse of the Super Moon at Obed Wild and Scenic River

        On Sunday, Jan. 20, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with the first full super moon of 2019. During this event, the Earth’s shadow will gradually block the sun’s light which otherwise reflects off the moon. While the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”

  • January Programs at Frozen Head

    Jan. 5 – 8 a.m. Birds of Frozen Head: Frozen Head is one of the best birding spots in the state. Meet Ranger Ross at the visitor center to head out on a short hike to look for and identify birds in the park.

    Jan. 12 – 11 a.m. Judge Branch Hike: Join Ranger Kayley for a 3 mile, brisk, hike along the Judge Branch Loop. This is a moderate hike and requires sturdy footwear. Meet at the Old Mac Trail Head.

  • Outdoor Tip
  • Tennessee State Parks offers guided hikes

        Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at 55 state parks as part of the annual First Day Hike program across the state.
        “This is a great way to start off that New Year’s resolution to be more active, and we’re glad Tennessee State Parks can offer these free hikes,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Lesser known Christmas traditions

        The Christmas traditions we are all familiar with: Holly, mistletoe, Christmas trees, all were imported to the US from Europe, the United Kingdom in particular. There are other traditions still celebrated in the United Kingdom that never caught on here, some of which go beyond Christmas Day.

  • Business opportunities in the BSF NRRA and Obed WSR

        With roughly a million yearly visitors, there are numerous business opportunities within the boundaries of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild and Scenic River, and the National Park Service must determine what types of commercial activities are necessary and appropriate. That is to say, all commercial activities should provide high quality visitor experiences while protecting important natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

  • Ten deer confirmed as CWD positive; three additional preliminary positive

        Ten deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties have been confirmed as positive with chronic wasting disease (CWD).
        The deer preliminarily tested positive late last week. In addition, three more deer have tested preliminarily positive this week from the same counties.
        The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission had a special called meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 specifically to discuss and consider regulatory changes in Hardeman and Fayette counties as a result of CWD being confirmed there.

  • Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission makes regulatory changes in regard to CWD confirmation

        The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has made regulatory changes in response to the confirmation of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties. The changes came at a special called meeting of the TFWC on Thursday (Dec. 20) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency headquarters.