Interview With Assistant State Naturalist Holly Taylor, Tennessee State Parks, Episode 97

May 12, 2023

Today we chat with Assistant State Naturalist Holly Taylor from our Tennessee State Parks.

Holly works on a statewide basis, offering programs directly to the public (groups).  She  also provides training to seasonal and fulltime State Park staff.  Her  knowledge about Tennessee natural history is extraordinary,  ranging from  birds to  native plants and ecosystems  and even insects (native bee species and fireflies).

Today we talk about her work and about the Tennessee Naturalist Program which is available to citizens with a desire to  expand their knowledge of Tennessee Natural History.

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About Mark

Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

Mark practiced law in Nashville Tennessee from 1987 until retirement in 2017.  He had a general practice with an emphasis on Social Security Disability claims.  He was a faculty member of the Nashville School of Law ( 1997-2009) teaching the course on Social Security Law.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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