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Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

The Knoxville Urban Wilderness (KUW) in Eastern Tennessee is part of a larger global trend of acquiring vacant lands within urban landscapes for their natural habitat and recreation value. At 688 hectares, the KUW is one of the largest urban wilderness areas in the United States, consisting of loosely-connected land parcels with multiple stakeholders including state, county, and city governments and private foundations. Michael McKinney, professor and head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, will use the KUW as a case study to address critical questions of management that arise for most urban wilderness projects globally: What should these areas be managed for, and how should they be managed? How can multiple stakeholders be efficiently organized to pool their resources most effectively?

Friday, March 2 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Room A
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way

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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public



Science Forum

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Amanda Womac

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Mann, Caroline

Mann, Caroline left a positive review 3/2/2018

An hour well spent! I'd love to learn more about the economic benefits of the KUW - that was a benefit to unmanaged spaces that I hadn't thought much about.