Crossroads trail

Old Forest Management Plan

This past Saturday, several dozen park lovers joined us to review a draft of the Old Forest State Natural Area Management Plan. Drafted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s State Natural Areas Division, the plan outlines a path for Overton Park Conservancy to effectively preserve and manage the forest. Read the draft management […]

Old Forest State Natural Area

We love when a plan comes together

Lately we’ve talked a lot about what it means to manage the Old Forest: from developing a forest inventory to deciding which invasive species to tackle, working in an ecosystem like this one is a big job.  That’s why we’ve been working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for the last several […]

Old Forest inventory

Managing our remarkable forest

Today’s Commercial Appeal puts a spotlight on the Midtown Urban Forestry Fellowship, a partnership between Overton Park Conservancy and Rhodes College to develop an inventory of the Old Forest. (Go read it if you haven’t!) The article illustrates a crucial dynamic in forest management: balancing a careful study of the ecosystem with needs that should be […]


Kids, Dogs, and Birds!

While there may be a Hollywood axiom about never working with kids or dogs (or birds, for that matter), at Overton Park we love all three. That’s why we’d love for you to join us at one or more events happening this weekend in the park. For the Kids This Saturday, December 13, Snowden PTO […]