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Tennessee State Parks begins partnership with Wild Side

Released on April 15, 2014

Dickson, Tenn. – The multiple Emmy winning TV program, Tennessee’s Wild Side, which produces stories about outdoor opportunities for people across the state, has formed a partnership with Tennessee State Parks.

Tennessee State Parks is now a partner and sponsor of Tennessee’s Wild Side, which is in its 14th year. The show airs on all six PBS stations in Tennessee, as well as Kentucky Educational Television. The show is broadcast on The Walk TV, a satellite and online network, also carried by more than 200 independent television stations across the country. Managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee State Parks is committed to providing places of recreation, while respecting, protecting and conserving our state’s outdoor resources and wildlife.

Tennessee’s Wild Side stories take viewers on outdoor adventures, with an emphasis on protecting wildlife and preserving natural resources. Wild Side camera crews have captured such stories as an adventurous canoe trip among eagles and ancient cypress trees at Reelfoot Lake, and the thrilling challenges of navigating whitewater, hiking and horseback excursions across Tennessee trails, rock climbing and rappelling on the Cumberland Plateau, mountain biking, following migratory birds through Frozen Head State Park, efforts to protect threatened and endangered species, volunteers building the 300 mile Cumberland Trail, and much more.

“This is a picture perfect fit,” says Brock Hill, Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. “We want people to know what outdoor adventures are available to them, and how valuable nature is to all of us. A quality show like Tennessee’s Wild Side gets that message across in an entertaining way. We share a similar mission.”

Tennessee’s Wild Side is produced by The Renaissance Center Media Productions. According to the production group’s director, Steve Hall, “Thanks to our partnership with Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee’s Wild Side will be able to devote even moretime and effort to stories dealing with environmental issues and conservation. We want to give our audience an exciting, visual encyclopedia of outdoor adventure and activities… an archive of things to do, and a digital history of the efforts underway to preserve and protect our natural resources.”

This partnership is the latest step in the association between the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and The Renaissance Center Media Productions. Recently, TRC Media Productions created the documentary, Montgomery Bell State Park- Shelter for the Soul. Friends Of Montgomery Bell State Park, a non-profit group, are using proceeds from sale of the video for park improvements.

For more information on the Tennessee State Parks partnership with Tennessee’s Wild Side, contact Steve Hall at The Renaissance Center Media Productions, at (615) 740-5506, steve.hall@rcenter.org or Shannon Ashford at Tennessee State Parks, (615) 532-8723 or Shannon.ashford@tn.gov.