The CHCP Outreach Staff is committed to working with Crossville and Cumberland County to provide educational resources and inform residents of opportunities to become involved in community beautification and conservation activities.
The CHCP brochure and species fact sheets provide key information on species covered under the plan and what the Cumberland HCP will mean for local residents.
CHCP staff have attended a variety of community events to provide information about the animals to be covered under the plan and ways the community can get involved with the planning process.
A newsletter is published by CHCP staff at regular intervals to inform the community about progress on the plan. Stay up to date by reading the most current version.
Looking for general information about the covered species or additional species to
Download the Species Fact Sheet, explore our Covered Species Gallery, or visit the Additional Species to Benefit portion of the website.
The Cumberland County Fair was held from August 26th to August 31st, 2013. CHCP Staff members participated in the event for the 2nd year by hosting an informational booth each night. Cumberland County residents attended the Fair throughout the week. A number of attendees stopped by the CHCP Booth for a round of Plinko and a brief discussion of the purpose and function of the CHCP in Cumberland County. Several attendees signed up for the CHCP Newsletter and received Plinko prizes. Both CHCP Staff and attendees enjoyed another great year at the Fair.
The Cumberland County Fair was held from Monday, August 27th to Saturday, September 1, 2012. The Cumberland HCP hosted an informational booth at the Fair. Each night, 2-3 staff members and/or volunteers worked the booth, played games, and provided information to the general public regarding the CHCP. By far the Plinko game was the biggest hit at our booth. Glow sticks were especially popular after sunset with old and young visitors alike. On, Senior Citizen Day, attendees were very appreciative of the canvas bags and coffee mugs provided. Throughout the week, approximately 68 visitors took special interest in the CHCP booth and signed up for the quarterly CHCP newsletter. In addition to reaching the general public, we also reached a variety of other organizations within the community (i.e. the TN Trails Assn., Obed Watershed Community Association, etc.). CHCP Staff and Cumberland County Fair Staff deserve special thanks for making this event possible.
CHCP Staff members periodically volunteer to assist the Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) with stream clean-ups.
On Saturday, July 26th, 2014, CHCP staff members participated in Waterfest for the third year. As usual, the event was very successful and fun for the entire community. The Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) in conjunction with the City of Crossville worked diligently to plan and host the event. During the event, CHCP staff hosted an informative booth and relayed the purpose of the Habitat Conservation Plan to attendees. A T-shirt raffle attracted visitors to the booth and provided an opportunity to discuss the many benefits of protecting water quality with Meadow Park Lake as the backdrop.
On Saturday, July 27th, 2013, CHCP staff members participated in the Waterfest event for the second year. Waterfest was hosted by the Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) and served to highlight the importance of water quality and conservation within Crossville and Cumberland County. As part of the event, CHCP Staff manned an informational booth and were able to reach over 300 Waterfest attendees. Children enjoyed the temporary tattoos and CHCP wristbands provided, and a number of attendees returned to the booth for the afternoon CHCP T-shirt raffle. Overall, the event was an opportunity to enjoy a Saturday on beautiful Meadow Park Lake and to provide CHCP community outreach. By protecting our local waterways, we can enjoy clean fresh drinking water, diverse aquatic ecosystems, and recreational activities like kayaking and fishing on the lake.
On Saturday, July 7th, 2012, CHCP staff members attended Waterfest at Meadow Park Lake in Crossville. The event was hosted by the Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) and provided both educational and recreational opportunities for residents to experience the outdoors and learn about the benefits of improving and maintaining water quality in local area waterways. CHCP staff members set up and manned an informative booth about the CHCP. Staff distributed informational brochures and were successful at delivering the conservation message to the public. Children attending the event were excited to receive temporary tattoos of the Cumberland Dusky Salamander and the Cerulean Warbler, two of our covered species.
On May 15, 2014, the City of Crossville held Mayor Graham's 6th Annual Sustainability Fair. As in years past, CHCP Staff hosted a booth at the event to discuss habitat fragmentation with local 5th graders in Cumberland County. At least 200 students visited the CHCP booth and learned about ways to make community planning decisions that balance development with protection of habitat for local plants and animals. In addition to acting as environmental planners during the demonstration, students also learned about the variety of careers that they can pursue with an interest in science and conservation.
On May 9, 2013, the City of Crossville held Mayor Graham's 5th Annual Sustainability Fair. The event hosted exhibits from a variety of agencies and reached over 400 5th graders in Cumberland County Schools. The Fair helped to increase youth awareness of sustainable living and sustainable communities. As a part of this event, CHCP staff provided a habitat fragmentation model to illustrate the concept of designing development to accommodate forest dwelling species such as the Cerulean Warbler. During the demonstration, staff worked with students to show two different road building scenarios. All students left the demonstration understanding the sort of development choices that can be made for our community to balance habitat protection for plants and animals with development needs. CHCP Staff also provided information about exploring careers in the field of environmental planning.
On May 10, 2012, the City of Crossville held the 4th Annual Sustainability Fair. The event hosted a number of 5th grade students and exhibits from a variety of agencies. The purpose of the Fair was to increase youth awareness of sustainable living and sustainable communities. As a part of this event, CHCP staff provided a stormwater demonstration to illustrate the concept of stream sedimentation. During the demonstration, staff were happy to explain the impacts of sedimentation on aquatic species and to convey the importance of using sustainable development practices to reduce sedimentation in streams.
On May 17, 2014, CHCP staff hosted an information booth at the Pleasant Hill Festival. Members of the community eagerly played the CHCP Plinko game, signed up for the newsletter, and discussed landscaping with native plants. As in years past, CHCP Staff enjoyed visiting with community members and providing information about the purpose and status of the CHCP.
On May 18, 2013, CHCP staff participated for the second year with an information booth at the Pleasant Hill Festival. Members of the community attended the event and were eager to participate in our Plinko game and learn more about the CHCP. The Pleasant Hill Festival is a family-friendly event held by members of the community annually to celebrate Spring, inform residents of local agencies and programs, and enjoy games, food, and music with friends. CHCP Staff enjoyed meeting many new people and the opportunity to explain the purpose and status of the CHCP to local residents. Many residents subscribed to the CHCP newsletter.
In the Fall 2012 Issue of the Newsletter, Mayor Graham was interviewed about his thoughts regarding the Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan (CHCP). He sees the CHCP an opportunity to "achieve the growth that will result from these assets [retirees and resorts], and at the same time, protect our natural resources."
In the Winter 2010 Issue of the Newsletter, Gay Stewart, the Executive Director for the Home Builders Association of Cumberland County, was interviewed by CHCP staff. Mrs. Stewart has participated in the Cumberland HCP for many years and continues to provide invaluable input into the planning process.
In the Summer 2011 Issue of the Newsletter, Rob Harris and Doug Little of Plateau Properties were interviewed by staff of the Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan (CHCP). They stated that the "HCP keeps things local and will allow for Plateau Properties and other businesses like them to plan into the future because of the "no surprises" clause."
In the Spring 2011 Issue of the Newsletter, Kevin Dean, Planning and GIS Administrator for Crossville, was interviewed as the mayoral appointed liaison to the CHCP. Kevin described the HCP Planning process as an "eye-opening experience to see the diversity of endangered plants and animals that live in the community" and went on to say that we should "keep these species in mind in future planning."
In the Winter 2011 Issue of the Newsletter, Eric Brady, the Stormwater Coordinator for the City of Crossville commented that the CHCP was a way of "potentially streamlining the permitting process with regulatory agencies, attracting buyers interested in living in an environmentally conscious community, and providing a mechanism for compliance with the Endangered Species Act."
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As a lifelong resident of Cumberland County, I want to see my community
take charge of what the future will look like for our home, its natural resources,
and the generations to come. I grew up in the outdoors, and as a child, I remember
playing in creeks and catching crayfish with my sisters, hunting with my dad,
picking blackberries with my mom, fishing with my grandpa, and bird-watching with
my grandma. Those are fond memories, and I plan to make the same kind of memories
with my children and future grandchildren. I now enjoy hiking, camping, swimming,
fishing, and hunting. I try to take a walk with my baby every day, and it is nice
to be able to point out and name native trees, plants, and animals that we see,
such as hemlocks, wild hydrangea, and deer and to watch her absorb her surroundings.
I have had the pleasure of teaching my oldest daughter how to swim and fish in
lakes and streams right here in our county, and she also enjoys camping and learning
about wildlife. My husband is an avid hunter and fisherman. I want assurance that
there will always be places in Cumberland County where my family and I can do
I believe we tend to take for granted what we have in the present, and we do not understand our full appreciation of it until we no longer have it. We are a blessed community because we have beautiful scenery; a diversity of wildlife; clean water for drinking, fishing, and swimming; and public lands, such as Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Ozone Falls, and the Cumberland Trail where we can enjoy outdoor recreation. Many of us know what it feels like when public lands become private or to have to lease property every year to have somewhere close to hunt, fish, or ride horses on. With an HCP, there is potential to add to our public lands through mitigation for lands that will be developed. Growth in our community will occur whether we have an HCP or not, but having an HCP will help ensure that we maintain what is important to us- our natural resources. I believe through the Cumberland HCP, our community can continue its legacy while accommodating for future growth and change.
Steering Committee members include representatives from applicant jurisdictions, local business owners, local interest organizations, state agencies, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Steering Committee is a mechanism to gain consistent and well-informed stakeholder input on key HCP issues. Members have provided recommendations and approval on HCP components such as the Covered Species List and Covered Activities List and will continue to provide input and approval on subsequent sections of the HCP.
To Be Announced
Additional meeting notes available upon request.
The Outreach Team consists of members of the community. It was created to review and provide input on the components of the HCP, as well as assist in presenting information about the HCP to local groups and the general public. This team is comprised of 13 members and represents a wide cross section of the community. The Outreach Team is integral to the completion of the HCP and in educating the citizens, boards, and agencies about the importance of balancing economic development with threatened and endangered species protection. We are fortunate to have these committed members working with us.
The Outreach Team worked closely with HCP staff and City and County liaisons to prepare the draft Conservation Measures document--a major component of the HCP. Their next task will be to review and provide input of mitigation measures. Mitigation measures are ways to offset the impacts of development on species and their habitats.
The Permitting Partnership Coordination Committee (PPCC) was formed in Spring 2011 and consists of members from state and federal regulatory agencies including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Tennessee Valley Authority.
The purpose of this committee is to partner with the applicants in the compilation of
Conservation Measures/BMP's that will be incorporated within the HCP, thereby ensuring
consistency with permitting requirements of participating agencies. This results in increased
efficiency and streamlining of the permitting process for those wishing to build in Crossville
and Cumberland County. Coordination of these regulatory agencies with the HCP now is a vital step
in moving a development project forward with no surprises and knowledge of costs upfront.
Costly delays can be avoided and total project costs are more closely contained.
The PPCC will convene again this spring to review and provide input regarding mitigation measures.
The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is the primary mechanism to gather new scientific information
and solicit feedback from the scientific community on use of best available science in the HCP.
The SAC experts are consulted frequently throughout the course of HCP preparation.
The Cumberland HCP works closely with scientists to obtain data, insight, and peer review.
These scientists are academics, agency scientists, natural resource staff, graduate students,
and a variety of other experts, most of whom participate on a voluntary basis. A list of committee members
can be found here.
The SAC established nine species working groups (bats, mammals, warblers, amphibians and reptiles, spotfin chub, blackside dace, crayfish, mussels, and plants). Discussions within these groups provided an opportunity for focus on species-specific issues and participation from experts not otherwise involved in the HCP. Several HCP-related research projects have been and continue to be conducted at institutions such as the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Technological University.