South Cumberland Go Green
South Cumberland State Park has completed the Platinum 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.
- Two electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at the Fiery Gizzard North parking lot.
- South Cumberland State Park has energy-efficient lighting throughout the park.
- They are reducing erosion by using tent pads in the campground. The pads are man-made surfaces that protect the ground from damage caused by repeatedly setting up a tent in the same spot.
- The park enhances ecosystem health through controlled burns and encouraging the growth of native grasses and vegetation.
- The park has regularly scheduled cleanups to remove the trash that washes down the creeks during spring floods.
- A budding recycling program ensures that plastics, papers, and metals are disposed of properly and sent off to be reused.
- Throughout the summer the park hosts invasive species removal to ensure a healthier more diverse ecosystem.
- Throughout the year trail work days are scheduled to help build a more sustainable system of trails, many of which were built over 30 years ago and are in desperate need of repair to help curb erosion and "social trails."