You've found the place for folks who love Tennessee's public lands. We are a 501c3 nonprofit working to protect and preserve our best wild places. From the Land Between the Lakes to the Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee Heartwood advocates for the wild. Visit our site to learn more about what we do, from outdoors excursions to legal advocacy, we're always on the trail!
Welcome to Tennessee Heartwood
Tennessee is fortunate to have fourteen state forests. However, some of these lands are are facing long-term negative impacts from heavy logging. Districts like the Natchez Trace, Chuck Swan, and Prentice Cooper need a fresh approach to forest management. Click here for more.
Come Join Us! at our “Distanced” Labor Day Weekend Outings at the LBL
Tennessee Heartwood and the Coalition for the Preservation of the Land Between the Lakes are teaming up to host a couple of small outings Labor Day weekend that gets folks outdoors to see the best of the LBL…. with some COVID necessities in place.
Looking for a bit of adventure on Labor Day weekend? Come join fellow outdoor enthusiasts and explore the beautiful, scenic Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The 170,000 acre LBL is a great place to visit during this time of “spacing out”, so why not spend a day kayaking the LBL’s hidden bays or on an educational walk to learn about the flora of the peninsula?
We are hosting two small events with limited attendance that will focus on maintaining physical space and use of masks. Check them out.
Kayaking Duncan Bay. Saturday, September 5. 10:00.
We’ll spend the day leisurely exploring Duncan Bay and the surrounding area. Duncan Bay is an inlet of Kentucky Lake and lies adjacent to one of the LBL’s core forest areas. We plan to kayak through the bay and break for lunch in the forest before continuing our trip. While we will certainly keep pretty “spaced apart” in the water, we insist that participants have masks on when we are on land and are keeping well over 10 feet apart.
Exploring the Flora of the LBL with Randy Hedgepath, Tennessee State Naturalist. Sunday, September 6. 10:00.
Randy has more than 30 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy has served as a Ranger Naturalist at South Cumberland and Radnor Lake State Parks. We will begin at the south end of the LBL near Devil’s Backbone, then travel along the main Trace Road, stopping at different points of particular interest, including the awesome bison herd. We’ll see a variety of habitats. Masks will be required when out of cars and physical distance needs to be kept. By focusing on mostly open areas, we can make physical spacing easier to do. We will be "pointing out" rather than "passing around", for obvious reasons. This is a great opportunity to learn about plant ID and the ecology of the LBL.
Logistics: Once again, COVID concerns mean that we request that attendees on the kayak trip wear masks when we first assemble before launching and that boats keep well apart. The Sunday plant ecology outing will have several vehicle stops. We request that when we are in viewing area masks must be on and bodies apart. Participants should bring ample liquid and a lunch. While none of our walking or kayaking will be strenuous, we encourage people to prepare for their comfort level. We have chosen these events to make possible outdoor activities that keep folks reasonably spread out, so they will be by reservation, with a limited number of spots available with an expectation of not having bad health signs or recent exposure to COVID. This is a “first” for us, and we ask participants to act responsibly. This is a kid-friendly weekend, but youngsters need to be well-supervised and be mature enough to understand a sense of space. This may seem inconvenient in places, but we are trying to offer a much-needed nature opportunity in a responsible way at a time when many people have not been able to get outside much.
Contact us 423.877.4616 or email@example.com for more information and reservations.
Victory at Tumbling Creek!!
Forest Service Withdraws Dinkey Timber Sale
Forest Service Withdraws Dinkey Timber Sale
The culmination of several years of our work to protect Tumbling Creek-the Dinkey timber sale has been withdrawn! This is why we are here- on the ground, focused watchdogging and advocacy. And that focus includes staying to play a long game when necessary. This sale was first announced in early 2014, and since then, there has been a lot of field work, research, meetings, and legal work. But what made the difference was our long-term monitoring of some of the other timber sales that have happened in the Cherokee, sales with logging similar to what would have happened at Tumbling Creek if the sale had gone through. .... MORE