Interview with Allen Coggins, Naturalist and Author

September 17, 2021

Our guest today, Allen Coggins,  is a journeyman parks naturalist, parks planner and author.

Starting his career as a Seasonal Park Naturalist at Big Ridge State Park (North of Knoxville, TN) he progressed to become the statewide supervisor of the regional naturalists  section for Tennessee State Parks.

Allen served as one of the first Administrators of the Tennessee Natural Areas Program.  He was responsible for the early Master Plans for Radnor Lake and several other Tennessee State Parks.

His 2011 book, “Tennessee Tragedies , Natural, Technological and Societal Disasters in the Volunteer State” arose from his work with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.  This is a comprehensive  work of Tennessee history worthy to be included in anyone’s personal collection.

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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.

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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