Sparta Speaker Series

Posted By | June 24, 2019 3:35 pm

Presented by: Virgin Falls State Natural Area & The Friends of Virgin Falls

3rd Floor of the White County Courthouse

Tuesday Nights at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11th – Gary Clendenon – “Invasive and Detrimental Insect Invaders: The Original Ecoterrorists”

A PowerPoint discussing some of Tennessee’s least wanted insect pests. An overview of how to Identify, what to look for, the hosts, and how they are spread. Covering Spotted Lantern Fly, Asian Longhorn Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Walnut Twig Beetle    (Thousand Canker Disease), Gypsy Moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Imported Fire Ants, Asian  Needle Ants, Ambrosia Beetles. Mounted samples for viewing and hand outs will be available.

Tuesday, June 18th – Dr. Stephen Stedman – “Spring Butterflies of Dog Cove”

A discussion of all the butterflies Dr. Stedman has found in the Dog Cove Area so far with comments on their abundance and habitat preferences.

Tuesday, June  25th – Jay Replogle – “Bladesmithing”

A discussion on the history of the art of bladesmithing. Join local blacksmith Jay Replogle as he discusses how this medium has influenced his life and his work as an artist.

Tuesday, July 2nd – Debbie Moore – “The Trail of Tears: the causes and the outcomes”

Debbie Moore, President of the Tennessee Trail of Tears will be presenting “The Trail of Tears: the causes and the outcomes” a general overview of the events that lead to the forced removal of the Cherokee in in 1838, the struggles during removal, and resettlement in Indian Territory.

Tuesday, July 9th – Trisha Johnson and Jacqueline Broeker – “Our Majestic Tennessee Hemlocks”

Join The Nature Conservancy and TN Division of Forestry for a night of learning about Tennessee’s Hemlock Trees. The hemlocks, the forest they support, as well as the plants and animals that rely on them are under attack by a non-native insect called hemlock woolly adelgid. We will share a background and status of the hemlock woolly adelgid and the TN Hemlock Conservation Partnership as well as hands on opportunity to learn how to treat your own hemlock trees.

Tuesday, July 16th – Park Manager Stuart Carroll –“Environmental Struggles to Protect Fall Creek Falls State Park”.  Since Fall Creek Was set aside in 1935, there have been numerous struggles to protect the Park’s resource integrity and beauty.  Join Stuart for a look at these controversies.

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