Environment

Locals receive state wildlife awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources, recently hosted the 52nd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards.

Knox Public Works gets sustainability award

Knox Public Works gets sustainability award

The Knox County Department of Engineering and Public Works was among winners of 2017 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards announced Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Tennessee Wildlife Federation presents conservation awards

Tennessee Wildlife Federation presents conservation awards

Upon moving to Tennessee, avid paddler and conservationist George Lindemann, learned that Soak Creek, along the edge of his new property, was listed as a favorite backcountry paddling route. Lindemann organized, funded, and led a coalition of landowners, conservation groups, and state program leaders to secure unanimous, bipartisan approval designating Soak Creek as a Tennessee State Scenic River—the first new designation in 15 years.

Soak Creek added to Cumberland Trail

Soak Creek added to Cumberland Trail

When George Lindemann first purchased property in Cumberland County, he intended to farm cattle. “Now, when I’m there, I go to hike or to paddle,” said Lindemann. “And I get people to come visit.”

1057News.com: CUMBERLAND COUNTY BUSINESSMAN MAKES MAJOR LAND DONATION TO STATE

1057News.com: CUMBERLAND COUNTY BUSINESSMAN MAKES MAJOR LAND DONATION TO STATE

A Cumberland County businessman has made a major land donation to the state. According to Tennessee’s Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill, George Lindemann, who is a major landowner in the surrounding area, including Rhea and Bledsoe Counties, donated 1,034 acres around the Soak Creek area to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park.

USA Today: Cumberland Trail gets 1,034-acre donation

USA Today: Cumberland Trail gets 1,034-acre donation

George Lindemann, a farmer and businessman who owns nearly 10,000 acres in Cumberland, Rhea and Bledsoe counties, including Coal Creek Farm, donated the land around the Soak Creek in Rhea County to the linear Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park.

For an air show in the Everglades, Miami-Dade revives an old battle

Every other June, the center of the world’s aviation industry shifts to Paris for a commercial air show that is the de rigueur sales event for Boeing, Airbus and other giants in the jet industry. Now Miami-Dade County wants to bring some of that business to the Everglades. On an isolated county airport surrounded by the Big Cypress National Preserve, local officials see the future home of the Miami International Aerospace Show. The high-flying expo could launch as early as January 2017 as the largest show of its kind in the Americas, giving Miami a chance to tout its homegrown aviation sector to industry heavyweights.

The End of Florida?

Yogi Berra once said that, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” His words could serve as yet another warning for the residents of today’s Florida, a state that finds itself in the eye of the storm on climate change. It’s customary on the first day of the half-year-long hurricane season to issue a reminder about preparing for what a well-known book (and movie of the same name) once called The Mean Season. Long-time Floridians know they have to be ready, and that now is the time to prepare.

Everglades could be back in play in special session

Environmentalists say they are not giving up the battle to secure land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration. They’re just changing tracts. With lawmakers scheduled to meet Monday for the start of a 20-day special session, several of the state’s most influential conservation groups on Wednesday renewed calls to buy land needed to store water and move it to the thirsty southern Everglades. They also want lawmakers to order the South Florida Water Management District to set a schedule for designing and building a reservoir.

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