Mack Prichard (below with green coat) and Warner Bass (above picture with blue coat). To see more pictures from the Mack Prichard event, click here.
June 4, 2010 Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Environmental Council honored two of Tennessee’s foremost environmentalists this spring. E. Warner Bass was recognized for his contributions to preserving and protecting the tree canopy in Tennessee. Mack Prichard, Tennessee’s State Naturalist Emeritus and State Archaeologist Emeritus, was awarded for his lifelong efforts to protect and preserve Tennessee’s greatest natural treasures. Both men have made significant contributions to the Nashville community and across the state.
These awards were presented at two separate events hosted by the Tennessee Environmental Council. The Green Tie Affair, held in April at Limelight in downtown Nashville, is The Council’s largest fundraiser and an annual gala. This year the event featured the presentation of the Tennessee Tree Project Award, which recognizes an individual or group who makes an outstanding and significant contribution to planting or protecting/conserving the tree canopy in Tennessee. The award was fittingly presented for the first time to E. Warner Bass. Bass is a member and former managing partner of the law firm Bass, Berry, and Sims PLC. He is also founding member, former president, and current Capital Campaign Chairman of the Friends of Warner Parks. Mr. Bass led the recent initiative to purchase two parcels of land for the parks. The purchase will add 448 acres to the park including an old growth forest of trees over 200 years old.
The Council presented the Forever Green Tennessee Award to Mack Prichard at a special event in his honor and celebration of the Lands of a Forever Green Tennessee this May. From the age of 16 – when he was seasonal naturalist at Shelby Forest State Park – Prichard has worked tirelessly to protect Tennessee treasures including Radnor Lake and the South Cumberland State Recreation area. Prichard is a founding member of 30 conservation organizations in Tennessee. He has traveled over a million miles across Tennessee speaking to over 2,500 audiences about the need for conservation and sharing his love of nature. Prichard was Tennessee’s first state naturalist. He has also served as State Archaeologist, Park Naturalist and Natural Areas Administrator. Most recently Prichard has been advocating for the Forever Green Tennessee initiative – restoring the real estate transfer fund. This is a dedicated fund which helps conserve land for parks, wildlife areas, greenways, cleaner water, and to preserve the natural beauty of Tennessee. These funds were successfully restored in the State budget on June 5, 2010.