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IDA Designates Silver-Tier International Dark Sky Park

The IDA, a nonprofit organization fighting to preserve the night sky, has announced the designation of the combined areas of Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area as a Dark Sky Park, the first in Tennessee. Photo: Credit and copyright: Mike Serkownek /

The International Dark Sky Association recently announced that Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area have been named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park. The combined properties will be known as "Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park."

"We are pleased to welcome Tennessee into the Dark Sky program," said International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend.

"As one of the few dark areas left in Tennessee, we believe in preserving the dark sky for future generations and are committed to educating the public about the importance of dark skies," said Brock Hill, Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. "The park worked hard to preserve and protect its dark skies and we are excited about the potential for this designation."

For more information about the International Dark Sky Places Program, visit

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