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Tennessee Conservationist Magazine

March-April 2014

Feature Article: 
The Return of the American Chestnut

By Tony Lance

A four-year old clone of a large surviving American Chestnut in Amherst County, Va., this tree grows in the Volunteer State in Joe Schibig's chestnut orchard. Photo by Tony Lance.

Before blight eventually rendered American Chestnut trees all but extinct, these trees were once the most dominant in eastern forests. After much effort in developing blight-resistant trees, the good news is that it appears that it won't be long before blight-resistant seedlings are widely available for purchase by the general public at affordable prices. Tony Lance of Springfield writes about "The Return of the American Chestnut," the featured article.

Glimpses of Spring in Williamson County

Dogwoods in full bloom are reflected in Bowie Nature Park's Lake Van. The park is in Williamson County. Photo by Wade Hooper.

By Wade Hooper

With a cold winter almost behind us, who doesn't long for a glimpse of spring? Photographer Wade Hooper obliges our spring yearnings with his photo essay "Glimpses of Spring in Williamson County." Hooper offers colorful images of spring at Bowie Nature Center in Fairview and more.

A Nest Box Surprise: Prothonotary Warblers

A female Prothonotary Warbler bathes in a backyard water feature equipped with a wiggler that creates motion in the water. Photo by Cyndi Routledge.

By Vickie Henderson and Cyndi Routledge

Most people add a nest box to their yard hoping to attract Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Chickadees or maybe Tree Swallows. So you might imagine the surprise of Cyndi and Steve Routledge of Clarksville who found a pair of Pronothotary Warbles visiting their nest box one spring! The article "A Nest Box Surprise: Prothonotary Warblers," was written by Cyndi Routledge and Vickie Henderson of Knoxville and features photos by Cyndi Routledge. It includes a detailed account of the Routledges' experience of keeping watch over the nesting activities.

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Also In This Issue

  • Wildflowers of Standing Stone
  • Interpreting and Preserving Tennessee's Heritage
  • Foothills Land Conservancy

In The Next Issue

  • Tennessee Forestry Camp
  • A Rare Tennessee Native in a Surprising Location
  • Henslow’s Sparrow

About The Tennessee Conservationist

For more than seven decades, the award-winning Tennessee Conservationist has been dedicated to telling the stories of Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical distinctiveness. In a cluttered media marketplace, this magazine continues to stand out by offering authentic Tennessee places, people and experiences through beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles. The magazine fulfills its purpose without receiving a state appropriation as it is totally funded through subscription revenue, non-commercial advertising for Tennessee State Parks and environmental programs plus gifts and donations from supporters. With continued strong support from our subscribers, we look forward to sharing more authentic Tennessee stories with you in the years to come.

Bob Martineau, Commissioner

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TheTennessee Conservationist is dedicated to promoting the mission of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to preserve, protect and wisely use the state's natural and cultural resources.

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TDEC Commissioner

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