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The Tennessee Conservationist Magazine Earns Accolades

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 08:38am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This fall has not only brought brighter colors and cooler temperatures across the state, but also two awards for The Tennessee Conservationist Magazine, a publication dedicated to promoting our rich natural heritage and sharing stories that are authentically Tennessee.

Magazine editor Louise Zepp received the 2014 Tennessee Urban Forestry Council Award of Excellence in the Media Category for coverage of environmental and forest resource education issues. Tennessee Urban Forestry Council was founded in 1991 and promotes healthy and sustainable urban and community forests in Tennessee which in turn contribute to clean air and water, economic stability and beautiful green places for Tennesseans to live, work and play.

The second award came from the Tennessee Environmental Education Association at their annual meeting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Tremont. Zepp was named the State Environmental Educator of the Year in recognition of her sustained and selfless service to environmental education by connecting readers to Tennessee’s natural and cultural heritage.

The Tennessee Environmental Education Association (TEEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a world population that is aware of and concerned about the environment.

“Louise has been the key ingredient to making this magazine successful,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Her tireless efforts to promote environmental and forest resource education that inspires the reader’s curiosity to know more about our state and to experience first-hand Tennessee’s natural and cultural heritage, doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Since 1996, Zepp has worked as the editor of The Tennessee Conservationist magazine which has been published by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation since 1937.  The Tennessee Conservationist magazine connects readers to our natural and cultural heritage by telling our state’s stories and sharing the meaning and value of this heritage.

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