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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.