Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Judith Bartlow, December 10, 2019

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Environmental and conservation education activities

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Partial Transcript: Uh, the following is an oral history interview conducted as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority Retirees Association Oral History Project. The person being interviewed is Judith Bartlow.

Segment Synopsis: Judith Bartlow talks about how she was hired to work at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). She talks about completing an internship with the Environmental Energy Education Program at the Norris Dam Reservation in Tennessee. She talks about TVA involvement with the Civilian Conservation Corps, Youth Conservation Corps, and Young Adult Conservation Corps.

Keywords: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Tenn. and Ky.); Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC); Earl Olson; Environmental Energy Education Program; Foresters; Interns; Internships; Interpretation; Interpretive centers; Land restoration; Natural resource interpretation; Norris Dam (Tenn.); Norris Dam Reservation (Tenn.); Restoration; Scott County (Tenn.); Summer camps; Summer programs; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Trails; YCC camps; Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC); Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Subjects: Career moves; Careers & opportunities; Careers.; Environmental education.; Internship programs.; Natural resources.; Teachers.; Teaching.; Tennessee River Valley.; Tennessee Valley Authority.

GPS: Norris Dam (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.224167, -84.091389
GPS: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Tenn. and Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.4865, -84.6985
GPS: Scott County (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.43, -84.51
00:09:43 - Abandoned mine site evaluation project

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Partial Transcript: And then I, uh, was on loan to the Department of Energy for, um, a project that, uh, evaluated, uh, land that had coal--or, uh, coal mine lands that had been abandoned before the mining laws, the reclamation laws went into effect, and I did that for a year.

Segment Synopsis: Bartlow talks about her work in evaluating abandoned mine sites in different states for the Department of Energy and related experiences.

Keywords: Abandoned mine sites; Abandoned mines; Alabama.; Coal industry; Coal mining; College libraries; Community needs; Community relations; Deep mines; Eastern Kentucky; Evaluations; Illinois.; Interviews; Land reclamation; Mental health treatment centers; Mines; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Energy Division; Oklahoma.; Public libraries; Reclamation laws; Reclamation of land.; Repositories; River recreation; Rivers--Recreational use.; Strip mining; Surface mines; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Tennessee.; United States. Department of Energy; University of Tennessee; Wildcat mines; Youth mental health treatment centers

Subjects: Abandoned mined lands reclamation; Abandoned mines; Abandoned mines--Risk assessment; Career moves; Careers & opportunities; Careers.; Libraries.; Mental health.; Mine surveying; Tennessee Valley Authority.

GPS: University of Tennessee
Map Coordinates: 35.951667, -83.93
GPS: Illinois
Map Coordinates: 40.0417, -89.1965
GPS: Tennessee
Map Coordinates: 36.162222, -86.774444
GPS: Eastern Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 37.75, -83.083333
GPS: Oklahoma
Map Coordinates: 35.5889, -97.4943
GPS: Alabama
Map Coordinates: 32.7794, -86.8287
00:18:24 - Special natural areas protection

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Partial Transcript: Uh, after you were finished with that particular work with DoE, uh, I assume you came back to TVA at some point.

Segment Synopsis: Bartlow talks about her work as a natural areas coordinator for TVA. She talks about protected special wild areas in the Tennessee River Valley.

Keywords: Beech trees; Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc. (BVI); Foster Falls (Tenn.); Foster Falls Recreation Area (Tenn.); Interpretive walks; Kentucky Lake (Ky. and Tenn.); Kentucky Reservoir (Ky. and Tenn.); Lady’s Bluff on Kentucky Reservoir; Land interpretation; Land ownership; Land use plans; Linden (Tenn.); Monteagle (Tenn.); Monteagle Mountain (Tenn.); Natural areas coordinators; Natural resource interpretation; Nature walks; Norris Dam Reservation (Tenn.); Norris Reservation (Tenn.); River Bluff Trail at Norris Dam Reservation (Tenn.); Roger Bollinger; Small Wild Areas (SWA); South Cumberland Recreation Area (Tenn.); Special areas; Special wild areas; Stiners Woods (Tenn.); Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); United States. Endangered Species Act of 1973.; Wildflower walks; Wildflowers

Subjects: Career moves; Careers & opportunities; Careers.; Environmental protection.; Tennessee River Valley.; Tennessee Valley Authority.; Tennessee Valley Authority. Office of Natural Resources

GPS: Foster Falls Recreation Area (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.1833066, -85.6721713
GPS: South Cumberland Recreation Area (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.259, -85.789
GPS: Monteagle Mountain (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.233333, -85.866667
GPS: Monteagle (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.24, -85.834444
GPS: Norris Dam (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.224167, -84.091389
GPS: Kentucky Lake (Ky. and Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 37.01256, -88.27003
GPS: Linden (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.612222, -87.841667
GPS: Lady’s Bluff on Kentucky Reservoir
Map Coordinates: 35.6875783, -88.0179639
GPS: River Bluff Trail at Norris Dam Reservation (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.2189454, -84.0960281
00:27:53 - Memorable experiences and important accomplishments during career at TVA

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Partial Transcript: Uh, what are some of your favorite memories in working at these special wild areas?

Segment Synopsis: Bartlow talks about her favorite memories and most important accomplishments during her career at TVA. She talks about counting and monitoring bat populations in TVA Small Wild Areas, especially Nickajack Cave, community and public relations, and a near-drowning in a cave.

Keywords: Bat caves; Bat populations; Cave management; Cave rescue; Cave vandalism; Cooperative projects; Federal agencies; Johnny Cash; Land conservation; Local cave rescue; Maternity caves; Natural area conferences; Natural areas; Nickajack Cave (Tenn.); Nickajack Dam (Tenn.); Nickajack Lake (Tenn.); Nickajack Reservoir (Tenn.); Pickwick Reservoir (Miss.); Population monitoring; Protection planning committees; Public relations; Saltpeter mines; Small Wild Areas (SWA); Special wild areas; State wildlife officers; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Tennessee Valley Authority. Office of Natural Resources; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; United States. Endangered Species Act of 1973.; Watchable wildlife areas; Wheeler Reservoir (Ala.); Wildflower walks; Work experiences

Subjects: Bats.; Career moves; Careers & opportunities; Careers.; Caves.; Community relations; Environmental protection.; Memories.; Storytelling.; Tennessee River Valley.; Tennessee Valley Authority.

GPS: Nickajack Cave (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 34.9925107, -85.630331
GPS: Nickajack Dam (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.004167, -85.619444
GPS: Nickajack Lake (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.004167, -85.619444
GPS: Wheeler Dam (Ala.)
Map Coordinates: 34.806944, -87.381944
GPS: Pickwick Reservoir (Miss.)
Map Coordinates: 35.040257, -88.193436
00:48:07 - TVA project specialists and endangered species work

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Partial Transcript: Are there any questions that I have not asked that you wish I had?

Segment Synopsis: Bartlow names several specialists and their work and contributions at TVA. She talks about developing endangered species databases and national land heritage programs.

Keywords: Aquatic biologists; Bill Redmond; Biologists; Botanists; Chuck Nicholson; Endangered species databases; Federal agencies; Hill Henry; Leo Collins; Little Tennessee River (Ga.-Tenn.); National heritage programs; Natural Heritage Data Center network (U.S.); Peggy Shute; Project area managers; Project specialists; Ralph Jordan; Small Wild Areas (SWA); Snail Darter Recovery Team; Special wild areas; Specialists; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); United States. Endangered Species Act of 1973.; Zoologists

Subjects: Career moves; Careers & opportunities; Careers.; Endangered species.; Environmental protection.; Tennessee Valley Authority.

GPS: Little Tennessee River (Ga.-Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 35.7825, -84.257778