Interview with Allen Coggins, Naturalist and Author

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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