2017 ATP students from ETSU will partner with Rocky Fork State Park, Tennessee’s newest state park, which is located in Unicoi County. Students will explore historic and current land use of the area that now includes the park by collecting oral histories. Of particular interest will be local residents who were affiliated with the logging industry, which was very active in the area in the past. These oral histories will also reflect current and changing community concerns regarding environmental and economic sustainability and land use surrounding the park. Additionally, the oral history narratives will foster continued community interest and participation in Rocky Fork’s development as an aspect of broader economic sustainability within the community.
Students will build on this work to identify strategies to further develop the park as a sustainable economic and cultural asset, a goal that is part of Unicoi County’s efforts to honor local culture and broaden economic diversification.
Rebecca Adkins Fletcher, Ph.D.
Department of Appalachian Studies
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70556
Johnson City, TN 37614
Telephone: (423) 439-7994
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