Ecotourism and Saving the Piney River

March 4, 2022 Blog Environment

Ecotourism and Saving the Piney River

My working farm on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee is one of my passions. Another is paddling the region’s rivers. Because of that I have, for years, worked with other landowners, the government, non-profits and environmentalists to ensure the preservation of these regional treasures. We were successful in having Piney River named as a Wild and Scenic River, a designation that gave it special protection. But the job wasn’t done, maybe it will never be done. But working with dozens of people over several years we have recently acquired property that ensures that both Soak Creek and Piney Creek have significantly greater protection. It’s not just about protecting the environment, though. It’s about recognizing that an investment in environmental protection is an investment in economic vitality—ecotourism. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this.

Recent posts

April 27 2023 Blog Environment

The Management Recommendations for Improvement

April 25 2023 Blog Environment

Grasslands are gone, too.

Some scientists estimate that native grasslands have declined by as much as 99 percent. By some estimates, this resulted in three billion fewer birds on the landscape than 50 years ago. This has harmed both the eastern meadowlark and the bobwhite which are both found on Coal Creek.

April 20 2023 Blog Environment

Landscapes like people get stressed.

Historically, open savannas and woodlands were largely maintained by periodic fire, which served to remove dense blankets of accumulated leaf litter from the ground and promote the growth of fire-adapted trees, such as shortleaf pine. Due to the loss of periodic fire, it is estimated that at least 90% of shortleaf pine-oak savanna has been lost.