SEWANEE (AP) — Complaints about Tennessee Valley Authority contractors spraying an endangered wildflower in a Southern Cumberlands right-of-way area have spurred an apology and a promise to be more careful.
TVA said last week that it regrets the herbicide spraying in the Hawkins Cove Natural Area during July and is now reinforcing spraying rules.
Sewanee Herbarium curator Mary Priestley came to the defense of a sunflower-like aster known as the Cumberland rosinweed that is on the Tennessee Endangered Species List.
South Cumberland State Park manager John Christof in a letter told TVA the state bought the 249 acres for $94,500 just to protect the wildflower.
Priestly and Christof told the Chattanooga Times Free Press they know TVA didn't intentionally violate an agreement not to use herbicides in the area. (http://bit.ly/tnLC67 )
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com