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, including Mars Petcare, Schneider Electric, ABB and more, to plant or give away over 20,000 trees from Memphis to Knoxville. On one cold rainy February day we planted 5,611 trees at 5 different locations, with over 189 volunteers.Our tree planting project with Mars Petcare was featured on public television’s Tennessee Wild Side program – look for the video online at www.tectn.org. On September 11 we partnered with Tennessee Concrete Association at the Rutherford County Sheriff Department 9/11 Memorial to give away 1,200 memorial Virginia Pines trees. We also gave thousands of trees away at Nashville Earth Day and other events.
The Watershed Support Center works with local communities to educate, conserve and restore watersheds, including healthy urban forests for people, plants and animal. In 2012, The Council and Friends of Henry Horton State Park won the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for “Environmental Education and Outreach.” The award recognized our Watershed Education project which trains elementary school students to study the health of the Duck River and to participate in projects to protect and improve the river, which is one of the most bio-diverse systems in the world. We completed the Duck River Opportunities Project (DROP) and launched the Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative. These programs expanded our successful volunteer restoration events. We planted 5,000 trees and stabilized close to 1,500 feet of creek bank, reducing sedimentation, the leading cause of our drinking water pollution. We launched the Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative with support from the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund, and the Urban Small Streams program supported by a grant from the US EPA. Both projects will allow us to continue to promote the economic and health value of small streams, headwaters, wetlands and conveyances to drinking water quality throughout TN. With the Environmental Law Institute and Center for Watershed Protection, we have already started working on an Action Guide to help citizens assess and restore degraded streams.
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.
The 2012 Sustainable Tennessee Summit brought over 100 participants together to collaborate on priority issues and actions from the Sustainable Tennessee Agenda. The coalition established the 2013 Agenda and priorities at a meeting in August. Over 500 people showed their support for Green Jobs at our third annual Conservation Education Day at Legislative Plaza. Participants met with their legislators, attended committee meetings, and illuminated state leaders about the economic and job-creating value of sustainability initiatives. We also educated Tennessee citizens about radioactive waste issues with the support of a grant from Community Foundation of New Mexico. We distributed surveys and informed the Department of Energy (DOE) about public opinion concerning DOE decisions. The Council collaborated with other organizations and citizens across the state on regulatory and/or legislative matters impacting Tennessee’s air, land, water and energy from the local to the federal level. We worked on issues including air quality, landfills, local mitigation of wetlands and streams, and working to make sure funds for state parks and conservation were used as intended.
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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