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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has designated State Director of Conservation Programs McCoy with the honorary State Naturalist title, the third person ever to hold the title in the state

Nashville, TN – According to the state officials, the honorary title is given to a TDEC staff member who displays a wealth of knowledge and a special ability to share an appreciation of Tennessee’s natural resources with the public.

It recognizes the experience, expertise, and commitment of an employee who advances conservation stewardship within the department and beyond our boundaries.

McCoy has served in a variety of roles advancing native plants, natural areas, and advanced conservation strategies.

He has conducted searches for rare species and monitored rare species management.

He has presented a number of sites to the State Lands Acquisition Committee that today are additions to the system of state natural areas.