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Category: Innovations & Solutions

Underwater Rainforests of Life: Stories of Southeastern Biodiversity (with. Dr. Anna George, Tennessee Aquarium)

 Summary: The rivers and streams of the southeastern United States feature astounding biodiversity, warranting the nickname of “underwater rainforests” of life. From the colorful tangerine darter to the charismatic river chub and the prehistoric sturgeon, you can find a little bit of everything in our waterways. Yet we also know these species are threatened […]

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Innovative Stream Restoration in Mansker Creek (with Adam Spiller and Zach Mryncza, KCI Technologies)

   The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2021–2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The Decade positions the restoration of ecosystems as a major nature-based solution towards meeting a wide range of global development goals and national priorities. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. The Cumberland […]

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Healing the Creek that Runs Through the Heart of Nashville

This post was also published on the North American Association of Environmental Education’s blog to celebrate World Environment Day 2021. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore”, and will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).  The Cumberland River basin sits within the third most biodiverse freshwater ecosystem in the […]

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Reforestation of Appalachia’s Mine Lands

  Summary: Across Appalachia, thousands of acres of formerly mined land sits barren or has been converted to gravelly grassland. These sites were once home to thriving forest ecosystems and some of our region’s most astounding biodiversity. Through a specific reforestation process known as the Forestry Reclamation Approach, these sites can be improved by removing […]

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