Workers, public see Arnold's wild side
By Philip Lorenz III , AEDC/PA
/ Published April 26, 2007
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. --
AEDC workers celebrated Earth Day with a week-long series of events, including an art and photo exhibit, hikes and tours, all aimed at educating center employees and the public about the wild side of Arnold Air Force Base.
Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) Conservation Biologist John Lamb and Wildlife Ecologist Richie Wyckoff led 47 people on a narrated walk to the edge of Sinking Pond, a 394-acre site on base that was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1975.
A short hike from a long and winding side road led to this seasonal wetland, which represents the largest and most developed Overcup Oak upland swamp in existence on the Highland Rim.
Those attending the walk learned that this area also contains one of the largest Great Blue Heron rookeries in Tennessee.