Harrison Bay Go Green
Harrison Bay State Park has completed the Bronze Recognition Level of the TN State Parks Go Green With Us Initiative and Guidelines. The guidelines include multiple areas of environmental sustainability including education and outreach, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste and recycling and much more. Congrats to this park for going above and beyond to be excellent stewards of our natural resources!
The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.
- Harrison Bay State Park is conserving resources by recycling aluminum cans on-site, producing boat cleats for their dock. The park melts the cans down using a small foundry they built out of a broken grill and a crucible constructed out of a recycled empty propane tank. They are also working on a mold for pendants of local birds for jewelry that will eventually be sold in the gift shop.
- Harrison Bay’s golf course is part of the internationally-recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Groundwater Guardian Green program, which means that their course enhances the natural landscape and wildlife habitat while also improving efficiency and minimizing potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations. Several of the park’s program components include electric mowers and golf carts which are quiet and do not disturb wildlife, targeted watering, and digital irrigation monitoring.
The park protects and enhances the ecosystem by using tent pads in the campground that decrease landscape impact from repeatedly setting up a tent in the same place. Staff has installed wooden beams that help minimize erosion-causing campsite runoff.
Additionally, the park conducts controlled burns and encourages growth of native grasses and vegetation.