Sherwood Forest addition wins Governor's
2017 Environmental Stewardship Award
The new Sherwood Forest addition to the park, just south of Sewanee, has been honored by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as one of the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards. Sherwood Forest has added 4,061 acres of high-quality forest land and critical habitat to the public land areas in the South Cumberland region, of which nearly 3,900 acres have now become a part of South Cumberland State Park.
Sherwood Forest, which was the honoree in the Natural Heritage category, was one of 11 initiatives from across the state recognized for exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect Tennessee's environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.
This action is particularly timely, since the Friends’ planned Goldenrod Gala fall fundraiser event on October 21st will celebrate the addition of Sherwood Forest to the park.
A panel of 22 professionals representing agriculture, conservation, forestry, environment and academic professionals judged more than 89 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education. More information about the 2017 awards can be found here.