Tennessee Tree Project has a goal of planting or caring for one million native trees in Tennessee and engaging 500,000 Tennesseans in the process. In 2012, we partnered with local businesses and organizations to plant or give away over 20,000 trees from Memphis to Knoxville. Fast forward to 2016 when more than 6,000 volunteers planted 50,000 trees in 92 counties during 50K Tree Day. This was our second annual 50K-tree-planting event, earning us the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award – our third in the past 10 years! Riding on this success, on February 25, 2017 we decided to double that number and with the help of government agencies private partners and community leaders planted 100,000 trees in all 95 counties with 20,000 volunteers - and made history in Tennessee with 100K Tree Day! The Council also organized our second annual Veterans Day/Arbor Day event on 11/11/2016, giving away 1,500 native tree seedlings across Tennessee to honor the dedication of our nation's Veterans and public servants. More than 250 Veterans were named as honorees from these trees.
The Watershed Support Center works with local communities to educate, conserve and restore watersheds, including healthy urban forests for people, plants and animal. In 2016 the Council’s team of eco-restoration specialists made progress restoring and cleaning up the polluted, yet ecologically significant streams of Grassy Branch and Lytle Creek, stopping bank erosion, re-establishing riparian (streamside) vegetation, improving habitat for fish and protecting drinking water supplies.
Sustainable Tennessee is a conservation community that works collaboratively to create a Sustainable Tennessee by advocating for viable conservation policy and practice. To date over 750 individuals and 250 organizations have participated in drafting and implementing the Sustainable Tennessee Agenda. In 2016 the Council convened a gathering of sustainability leaders statewide for the 10th Annual Policy & Practice Forum and identified the top ten priorities for a more Sustainable Tennessee. These priorities help shape our work for the coming year, including the legislative issues that we will support.
State-Wide Education Events: The Council delivered presentations to hundreds of individuals at schools, community groups and the General Assembly on water quality, rain gardens, recycling, riverbank restoration, sustainability, and of course, the value of trees in dozens of educational events.
Nashville GreenField Restoration Project (a 120-acre ecological-restoration project in West Nashville): The Council team, volunteers and community partners made significant progress, including establishing a certified Level 1 Arboretum; identifying 46 species of birds, and removing 10 acres of invasive plant species, making way for a living, thriving example of Tennessee’s biodiversity.
McFadden took the rein as Executive Director of the Tennessee Environmental Council on October 1, 2006. He finished his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance in 2009, while researching riparian greenway ecology. He has 25 years of conservation and aquatic biology and 10 years in watershed restoration experience supported by degrees in secondary education (B.S.) and biology (M.S.). His conservation experience includes watershed monitoring, restoration, modeling and planning, and project management. Additionally, he has trained and led 1,000s of volunteers in environmental restoration including urban re forestation. McFadden is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC) and has been recognized by the federal and state court systems as an expert on water quality related matters.
McFadden has previously served as Director of Science and Restoration for the Harpeth River Watershed Association and Senior Project Biologist for the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. He has held teaching positions at Middle Tennessee State University and Volunteer State Community College. Through past positions he has experience working with pollution and toxics assessment, hazardous waste operations, energy efficiency, and volunteer training. He has presented/authored papers at scientific meetings including: “More than Data Collectors: Young People in Civic Action”; “Greenway Ecology: A Pilot Study; Does Your Greenway Function Ecologically?”; “Volunteer Visual Stream Survey in the Harpeth River Watershed”; and “Tennessee Ground Water: A Resource at Risk”. McFadden has twice (1992 and 2004) been named “Conservationist of the Year” by Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. He is an avid sailor, and outdoorsman.
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As Middle Tennesseans, we are fortunate to live in a state that is rich with wildlife, rolling hills, and open landscapes. As Nashville grows and expands, it is vital that we protect our land, air and water for future generations.
The preservation of our natural landscapes is essential to creating and maintaining a high quality of life for Middle Tennessee residents. Dwindling natural resources, a rapidly changing climate, and an economy in flux pose increasing challenges to our environment and society. Couple that with our area’s rapidly growing population, and there is no question that we must proactively protect our beautiful open spaces if we wish them to be available for future generations.
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