The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Tennessee State Parks (TSP) have launched the TSP Honey Project in several state parks to
- Promote pollinator and environmental health in our parks
- Provide an experiential learning opportunity for visitors
- Produce sweet treats for our guests
TSP plans to bottle and sell the honey in state park gift shops. Tennessee State Park restaurants will also use the honey as a way to pursue sustainability.
Since pollinator health is critical to Tennessee's agricultural, environmental and ecological health, these tiny insects open the door to discuss a myriad of environmental issues.
TDEC has worked alongside several partners to get this project off the ground. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s State Apiarist, Mike Studer, advised on several topics including technical assistance, bee hive health, and community contacts. TRICOR, a company that provides occupational and life skills training for Tennessee's incarcerated population through job training, program opportunities, and transitional services designed to assist Offenders with a successful reintegration into society, built the hives for the first 6 parks.(Photo Credit: Tennessee Photographs)