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Field Trip: Tennessee Trillium Preserve, Hawkins County

April 7 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Description:  Join the East Tennessee stewardship ecologist for a State Natural Areas Week celebration of rare species with a trip and picnic to the newly acquired Tennessee Trillium Preserve.  The Tennessee trillium is a recently described species and known to occur only at this and possibly 2 other locations.  The trillium population is at the bottom of a short, steep hill so attendees must be in good adequate physical condition to make the trek up and down the hill, approximately one-tenth of a mile.  Please wear appropriate footwear and bring food and water.  There are no facilities.  While this won’t be a long trip, you may remain as long as you like, and you are free to botanize on the rest of the property.  We’d like to tally the number of plants we see to begin a yearly or biannual monitoring of the population to assess its stability, so you can participate in some citizen science if you like on this inaugural trip!  We will also see some Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry, tasty, but dreadfully invasive) and we’ll pull it up opportunistically!  The site is by a small creek which we must cross and can be wet and muddy.  We are limiting the number of participants to 15 to limit site impact.  Parking is limited, so we request that you carpool.  Lisa Huff can take up to 6 participants in a van from Knoxville, so contact her via email if you would like to ride with her. Be sure to register for the trip on the Natural Areas Week Event page.

Meeting Place/Time:  Carpoolers with Lisa meet at 3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921 at 8:30 AM Eastern.  Others meet at the site at 10:00 AM Eastern.  To ensure species protection, specific directions will be provided after event registration closes.  Trip should end around 2:00 PM.

Difficulty:  Moderate, steep elevation change.

Facilities:  None

Lunch:  Bring your own for a picnic lunch.

Leader:  Lisa Huff,  (865-207-0138)


April 7
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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