The Tennessee Conservationist, a bi-monthly magazine published by The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), will now be published on 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper beginning with its first issue of 2019.
“We are committed to walking the walk in conservation, and this is an obvious step toward that,” said Heather Lose, editor-in-chief of the publication. “A reader’s survey made it clear we should make our print magazine as sustainable as possible and still retain top-notch print quality, which is no easy feat. That led us to this recycled paper called Enviro Print.”
Enviro Print is manufactured by Rolland and is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. The paper is made using renewable biogas energy and processed chlorine free. The Tennessee Conservationist’s paper will be made without cutting down even one tree. By using Enviro Print for a typical press run, the magazine can save 35 fully grown trees.
Further, The Tennessee Conservationist will be printed using UV ink, which is exposed to ultra-violet light as it is printed. In that process the ink turns from liquid to solid with little evaporation of solvents and almost no absorption into the paper stock. Conventional offset printing uses solvent inks, which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The January/February 2019 issue of the magazine will also be the first using Jostens Printing & Publishing in Clarksville, Tenn., which prints using UV inks.
Meanwhile, the magazine has created a digital version of the publication that can be found at tnconservationist.org.
The Tennessee Conservationist, first published in 1937 and brought under the umbrella of Tennessee State Parks in 2018, features stories on native species, history, archaeology and the culture of Tennessee, helping readers connect with natural resources and recreational and educational activities in Tennessee State Parks.
The magazine is known for heavy use of colorful photography.