Knoxville EnSafer Featured in The Tennessee Conservationist

Jimmy Groton, an Environmental Scientist/Ecologist in the Knoxville office, has been featured in a recent issue of The Tennessee Conservationist. The July/August edition included an article on Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) and Groton's efforts to lead the group in its ongoing conservation projects throughout east Tennessee. For example, TCWP has managed the nearly 6-acre Oak Ridge Barrens Registered State Natural Area in partnership with the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Part of the group's interest in preserving the sites under their care is protecting state-listed plants and removing invasive species. TCWP has also mounted bird boxes and constructed a wetland at the Oak Ridge Barrens, which is behind Oak Ridge's middle school; high school students in the area use the wetland as an outdoor classroom, and the school's Eco Club does projects onsite.

Formed in 1966, the TCWP led the efforts that formed the Obed National Wild & Scenic River and the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The TCWP brings together individuals of all ages from environmental science and other backgrounds who share a passion for conservation of Tennessee's wild spaces.

For more than 70 years, the award-winning The Tennessee Conservationist has told the stories of Tennessee's natural, cultural, and historical distinctiveness by featuring authentic Tennessee places, people, and experiences through beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles. Subscriptions to The Tennessee Conservationist are available at https://www.tn.gov/environment/section/conservationist-magazine. Congratulations, Jimmy!