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July 2019

Auto Tour of the New Foothills Parkway Extension

July 27
Foothills Parkway Extension, 7945 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend, TN 37882 United States
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Aureolaria pectinata

We'll explore the new section of the Foothills Parkway by automobile, making stops along the way to see the views and any interesting plants that are to be found. It should be a bit cooler at the elevations where we'll be traveling. Difficulty: Leader: Allen and Susan Sweetser 865-938-7627 ssretiree@yahoo.com Meeting Place: IGA Grocery Store (near the gas pumps) in Townsend (7945 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN) Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Look Rock area.…

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August 2019

BioBlitz at The Farm Community, Summertown

August 11
BioBlitz at The Farm Community, 100 Second Rd
Summertown, TN 38483 United States
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Ratibida pinnata

We will join Dr. Dwayne Estes, Executive Director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative, Botanical Explorer at BRIT, and Professor of Biology at Austin Peay State University, for a BioBlitz of the prairie barrens at The FarmCommunity. This is a joint hike with Swan Conservation Trust. Our focus will be on the flora, but we will also note the pollinators of the ecosystem and any animals and birds that we may encounter. We should be treated with a variety of grasses…

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September 2019

Bledsoe State Forest Fall Flowers TNPS/TCWP

September 7
Bledsoe State Forest, 209 Peavine Rd
Crossville, TN 38555 United States
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Pycnanthemum virginianum

We will caravan from Crossville to the Bledsoe State Forest. We will go to various sites on powerline right-of-ways to see many species of aster, goldenrods and other fall flowers. This is a joint TNPS and TCWP outing. The walks will be short with a total distance less than 3 miles. Difficulty: Leader: Larry Pounds 865-705-8516 PoundsL471@aol.com Meeting Place: 1. Gold's Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita's) 2. Shell Station…

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Hike the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Lady’s Bluff Trail

September 21
Lady’s Bluff Trail, 11668 Highway 412
W. Linden, TN 37096 United States
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Heterotheca subaxillaris

The Lady’s Bluff Trail is a 2.6-mile trail (round-trip) in Perry County (north of Mousetail Landing State Park). The trail offers limestone outcrops, abundant wildflowers, and spectacular views of the Tennessee River. There is a large population of aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) along the bluff. Aromatic aster is rare in west Tennessee. Also along the bluff are September elm (Ulmus serotina) and wall-rue (Asplenium ruta-muraria). Along the way to the bluff are some excellent examples of limestone rock outcrop communities.…

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October 2019

Late Fall at Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area

October 26
Carroll Cabin Barrens SNA, FW8W+XG
Bath Springs, TN 38311 United States
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Symphyotrichum pratense

We will make a late fall visit to one of West Tennessee’s botanical jewels, Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area, to see one of just two state populations of Great Plains ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum). These orchids are the latest-blooming of all our native orchids and occur in widely scattered prairie relicts in the South that are disjunct from the main populations found in the upper Midwest. If we are lucky (and there has been no frost), we will hopefully enjoy…

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