We’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Natural Areas program with a hike in the Rugby State Natural Area, led by local resident & State Division of Forestry specialist Jackie Broeker. Meet May 1 at 10 a.m. Eastern at the Rugby Visitor Centre.

The Natural Areas Preservation Act of 1971 (T.C.A. 11-14-101) provides statutory authority for the protection in perpetuity of designated state natural areas. There have been 85 natural areas designated since passage of the act a half-century ago this year!

Jackie Broeker