Jenni Frankenberg Veal: Freelance Writer
Jenni Frankenberg Veal is a freelance writer and naturalist based in Chattanooga, Tenn. She enjoys writing about the natural world and outdoor adventures within the southeastern United States, one of the most biologically and recreationally rich regions on Earth.
A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Jenni’s publication credits include:
- National Geographic’s East Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide
- Sierra magazine
- Southern Living magazine
- Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper
- Tennessee Conservationist magazine
- Appalachian Voices
- CityScope and HealthScope magazines
- The Signal Mountain Mirror
Jenni has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is currently working on an M.A. in English at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. In addition to writing, her background and experience includes nonprofit management, development, marketing and event planning.
Please enjoy a sampling of some of Jenni’s most recent articles:
Maple Syrup with a Southern Accent: If you thought maple syrup could only be gleaned from maple trees growing north of the Mason-Dixon Line, think again. Although maple syrup is most often sourced from the Northeast, given the right weather conditions, it can be collected wherever maple trees grow—even in East Tennessee.
Yurt Village Opens at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Lookout Mountain: Cloudland Canyon State Park on Lookout Mountain is celebrating the opening of a new yurt village, offering a unique “glamping” experience within one of Georgia’s most scenic parks.
Exploring the Wilds of Prentice Cooper State Forest: On a map, Prentice Cooper State Forest is a green island to Chattanooga’s west, blanketing the banks of the Tennessee River and the bluffs of Walden’s Ridge. The forest protects nearly 26,000 acres and highlights the spectacular Tennessee River Gorge, offering a range of recreational opportunities for those who enjoy exploring Chattanooga’s natural landscape.
A Watershed Moment for the Clean Water Act: This country’s primary law governing water pollution, the Clean Water Act, celebrates 40 years of service on October 18. For those of us too young to recall the status of waterways prior to 1972, a brief history of water quality disasters reveals the reason we celebrate the Act today. This milestone also gives rise to new questions about issues facing the future of clean water today.
The National Geographic Society’s Geotourism MapGuide:
East Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide / Outdoor Recreation: The majesty of the Appalachian Mountains unfolds to reveal forested ridges and valleys that stretch east to become the bluffs of the Cumberland Plateau. Internationally known for its natural beauty, this region calls to all those who love the outdoors.
Southern Living magazine:
Handmade in Tennessee: Made by One Girl: Chattanooga artist Lisa Norris’ paper products are almost too pretty to use. (Published in Nov. 2010 issue)
Chattanooga Women Explore the Great Outdoors: For women, outdoor adventures can be so many things: an athletic challenge and adrenaline rush, a quiet time of reflection, an opportunity for travel, or a way to make a living. The following women have found their callings in the great outdoors, and each is dedicated to an outdoor way of life based here in Chattanooga. Their stories are an inspiration for women of all ages and proof that there are no limits to the rich life that can be found in outdoor adventure. (Published in Spring 2013 issue)
One Big Outdoor Adventure: There is great truth in advertising Chattanooga as an outdoor paradise. Some of that paradise is obvious – a lush landscape contoured by majestic rivers, ridges and mountains. Less obvious, however, is all that can be found within our scenic surroundings. (Published in Summer 2010 issue)
25 Nature Adventures for Kids: “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives,” says author Thomas Berry. If this responsibility sounds too heavy, rest assured that it is actually very simple to explore nature with a young child. (Featured in June 2009)
Premature Delivery: Each year in the United States, 13 percent of babies (more than half a million) are born prematurely or before 37 weeks of gestation. Preterm labor can happen to any pregnant woman. Only about half of the women who have preterm labor fall into any known risk group. (Published in Spring 2010 issue)
Go Play Outside: Gone are the days of neighborhoods filled with the voices of children riding bikes, climbing trees and playing ball in the yard into the twilight hours. Somehow the free-range outdoor days of childhood that many adults recall are no longer part of childhood. Recent studies indicate that American children, on average, spend about 30 minutes of unstructured play time outdoors each week. (Published in Fall 2009 issue)
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