Over the years, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and Edward Abby have become favorites. Still, they are westerners, just as Leopold represents the Midwest and Thoreau and Beston represent New England. I asked myself, who are the classic nature writers of my adopted home, Chattanooga, Tennessee?
I looked at my library and other resources and began formulating a list of Southern Nature Writers. As with many projects, my list grew with my reading and research. I narrowed the focus to Tennessee Nature Writers because even that list is growing.