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Tennessee Outdoors: Parks, Conservation, and Wildlife
Intro Conservation Wildlife Recreation Parks


Tennessee Outdoors:
Parks, Conservation, and Wildlife


Tennessee Outdoors



Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bridge on the "Chimneys" trail
in the Smoky Mountains

May 22, 1941

RG 82, Department of Conservation
Photograph Collection

After he began work at the Tennessee Department of Conservation in 1937, James L. Bailey crisscrossed the state, preaching the benefits of protecting our natural resources. Throughout his long career, he became such a widely-known advocate for proper use of land, development of parks and recreational areas, restoration of wildlife, and protection of water sources that he was nicknamed "Mr. Conservation." Also a talented photographer, he compiled an extensive collection of photographs.

Now, part of the James L. Bailey Papers collection is featured in this exhibit. In addition to Bailey’s personal collection of photographs, the exhibit features many photos and postcards collected by the Department of Conservation through the years.

The exhibit highlights the beauty of Reelfoot Lake State Park, Montgomery Bell State Park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway and Percy Warner Park. The exhibit also includes images of people enjoying the state’s parks and wilderness as well as a section devoted exclusively to wildlife.

"During the warm weather months, Tennesseans are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the natural wonders of our state," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "This exhibit should raise awareness about our state’s many natural treasures. It may even give people some vacation ideas."





Special thanks to Kathy Lauder and Dr. Kathleen M. Therrien for their assistance.



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