The Tennessee Division of Natural Areas’ Spring Celebration continues through Sunday, at natural areas across the state. Division staff will lead hikes and provide information about Tennessee’s diverse natural areas.
For more information on the Spring Celebration activities, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/natural-areas/.
The Tennessee Natural Areas Preservation Act was passed 43 years ago by the General Assembly and signed by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. Today, that legacy encompasses more than 120,000 acres of land, endangered or unique plants and a variety of animals – all protected for future generations.
The State Natural Areas Program provides long-term protection for rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal life. The program also protects ecologically sensitive areas, areas of geological interest and areas of great scenic beauty. First established in 1971 by the Tennessee Natural Areas Preservation Act, there are now 83 state natural areas.