April 2024 Program

What: Collaborations for Conservation by Nancy Manning, Executive Director TCWP

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2023, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN.

The Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) and the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club share a rich history dating back to the founding of both organizations. Throughout the years, we have collectively identified environmental threats and mobilized the strength, resilience, and commitment of our members to address them. Despite numerous successes, we have never allowed ourselves to rest on our laurels. Even as we've secured protection for threatened areas, new challenges have emerged, sometimes within those very areas we fought to safeguard. Today, the stakes are higher than ever in our organizations' histories, as we confront unexpected failures within the legal system.

In this presentation, Nancy will discuss the historical and ongoing successes of TCWP, the enduring inspiration that propels us forward in the face of persistent threats, and a proposal for immediate collaboration in conservation efforts. Drawing upon the Native American principle of "Calling the Circle," Nancy will present a compelling case for united action in preserving our natural heritage.

Nancy Manning, JD, current Executive Director of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, is an attorney, certified mediator, trainer, manager, facilitator and consultant. Nancy owned the Law Office of Nancy Manning for 25 years, with a primary focus of serving indigent Native Americans in Rapid City, South Dakota. Nancy served on 3 nonprofit boards in Rapid City, including Lifeways, the Restorative Justice Center and the Pennington County Air Quality Control Board.  She created the first mediation practice and training center in Rapid City and was the only service provider there for 15 years. Nancy moved to Texas in 2007 and became Executive Director of a conservation nonprofit, where she helped to raise more money in 7 years than had been raised in the prior 52 years. As the Executive Director she led efforts to develop, plan & implement a 7-year outreach initiative to engage an ethnically diverse community in conserving a 10-acre habitat on the east side of Austin which engaged local youth in outdoor education.  Nancy was recognized for Innovative Environmental Leadership; one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2011 Audubon / Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow to further this east Austin conservation outreach effort, which engaged over 1200 volunteers. Nancy founded her consulting company, Power Your Mission, in 2014 and founded Austin Nonprofit Meetup in 2018 where she provided online monthly meetups for nonprofit leaders nationwide until 2022. She is currently the Executive Director of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.


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March 2023 Program

What: The Benton MacKaye Trail: Path to Becoming a National Scenic Trail and Tips for Thru-Hikers - Clare Sullivan, BMTA Vice-President; and Kathy Anderson, BMT Thru-Hiker

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN.

There are currently 11 National Scenic Trails (NST) in the United States. NSTs are intended to showcase our country’s spectacular natural resources and beauty. The Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) has recently announced their efforts to seek Congressional approval for the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) to be designated an NST. The BMT traverses 82 miles in Georgia and 206 miles in Tennessee/North Carolina, which includes the Chattahoochee-Oconee, Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests as well as 93 miles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it the longest trail in the Smokies. Clare Sullivan, Vice President of the BMTA and avid hiker will provide the latest update on the process and other BMT updates.

Also hear from Kathy Anderson, a thru-hiker who has completed more than 270 miles on the BMT, 500 miles on the Appalachian Trail and is planning a 500-mile Colorado Trail thru-hike this summer. She will share her experience on trail and tips learned along the way from preparing and planning for a thru hike, what equipment, food and water to bring and how you can reduce your pack weight to ensure a successful injury free and safe hike.

This was in-person only. No recording available.


April 2023 Program

What: Help Create Knoxville's Urban Forest Master Plan by Kasey Krouse, Urban Forester City of Knoxville and members of the Forest Master Plan Executive Committee

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN.

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This presentation is an opportunity to hear about Knoxville’s Urban Forest Master Plan from Knoxville’s Urban Forester. Attendees will have opportunity to give feedback about the Plan to members of the Urban Forestry Steering Committee who will also be in attendance. The Plan will be released to the community later in April 2023, so this is your best opportunity to hear about the Plan and to provide your thoughts and input to Knoxville's Urban Forest Master Plan Executive Committee!