In Memory of Mack Prichard
Stewart Clifton, TCV's longtime lobbyist: "Tennessee has seen many conservation heroes in the last 50 years. And maybe 5-10 super-heroes! We lost Mack Prichard, one of those superheroes, in April. I lost a good friend who knew pretty much everything worth knowing about the best places in Tennessee. Mack was an inspiration to generations of conservation advocates and others. We admired his tenacity and vast knowledge! Mack served under eight Tennessee governors: Clement, Ellington, Dunn, Blanton, Alexander, McWherter, Sundquist and Bredesen."
At his retirement in 2008, Prichard was described by Governor Bredesen as the "conservation conscience" of Tennessee.
Here are a few particularly appropriate words from Sandra Goss, executive director of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, an organizational member of Tennessee Conservation Voters.
“Long-time (and the first!) State Naturalist Mack Prichard died in Cookeville last month. He retired from his position in 2008. Mack played a key role in conservation efforts across the state for many years. From the Mississippi to the North Carolina border, Mack was familiar with Tennessee’s special places. His enthusiastic and vivid sharing of wild lands and waters through guided outings and his voluminous store of slides and anecdotes made Mack a persuasive advocate. For some of Mack’s pictures, visit www.mackprichard.com , a legacy website curated by Friends of South Cumberland State Park.”