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May 2019

Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River TNPS/TCWP

May 11
Exxon, 22620 Rhea County Hwy
Spring City, TN 37381 United States
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Corydalis flavula

We will caravan from the Exxon to the Lower Piney River Trailhead to start a shuttle leaving some cars there. We will then carpool to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead. From there we hike back to the Piney River Trailhead. This section of the Cumberland Trail was completed in fall 2018. What spring flowers we will see is hard to predict. The route is definitely scenic. Total walking distance will be about 6 miles. The trail is up and down…

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TNPS Board Meeting

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Technology Engagement Center, 307 S Baird Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37130 United States
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Trillium vaseyi

The TNPS Board meeting is from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Technology Engagement Center of Hobgood Elementary School in Murfreesboro.

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June 2019

Chickasaw State Park

June 1
Chickasaw State Park, 96VH+72
Henderson, TN 38340 United States
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Passiflora incarnata

We will hike the Friends and Forked Pine Trail which will give us an opportunity to botanize upland oak/hickory/pine communities in southwestern Tennessee. We will have an opportunity to see Green adder’s mouth orchid (Malaxis unifolia) – although not rare, it is uncommon in west TN. We will also survey warm season grasslands along Highway 100 where we will find several conservative grassland species in flower. Directions: Chickasaw State Park is located off Highway 100 in Chester County, TN, approximately…

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Arnold AFB (AEDC) and May Prairie SNA

June 1
AEDC, 82 Expressway Dr
Manchester, TN 37355 United States
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Calopogon tuberosus

This is a joint hike with the new Middle Tennessee Wild Ones and TNPS. For those that missed the 2016 trip, this is your opportunity to again see orchids and other rare plants. The “Oak Barrens” of Coffee County provides some of the best examples of TN rare plants that also occur in the Gulf Coastal Plain and the prairies of the Midwest. As a result, Coffee County is one of only three counties in Tennessee with 50 or more…

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July 2019

2019 TNPS Conference

July 12 - July 14
Reelfoot Lake State Park, 2595 Hwy 21 East
Tiptonville, TN 38079 United States
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Echinodorus cordifolius

Our 2019 annual conference and meeting will be held at Ellington Hall in Reelfoot Lake State Park on July 12-14. Speakers include Rita Venable (butterflies and pollinators) on Friday evening and Dr. Tom Blanchard from UT-Martin (UTM Reelfoot Lake Research Station) on Saturday evening. We likely will have two field trips in the morning on Saturday and the same two field trips in the afternoon so no one will miss out. Then, for an extra $10 each, we will have…

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May Prairie State Natural Area

July 20
May Prairie State Natural Area, 82 Expressway Dr
Manchester, TN 37355 United States
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Helianthus eggertii

This is another joint hike with the new Middle Tennessee Wild Ones group and TNPS. The “Oak Barrens” of Coffee County provide examples of TN rare plants that are disjunct from the Gulf Coastal Plain and the prairies of the Midwest. The primary goal of this outing is to see Snowy Orchid (Platanthera nivea) in flower. This is the only location known in Tennessee for this Coastal Plain species. Usually flowering with it is the equally rare Coastal False Asphodel…

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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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