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"Scenic Roots" offers conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.From the mountains to the river, our conversations are rooted deep within every corner of our community - reflecting who we are, who we were and who we can become.We engage with the news that affects our community, behind and beyond the headlines. We build bridges that span from creators and innovators to storytellers and the outdoors. We focus on our challenges as many communities in one - as we celebrate what inspires us. We resonate with countless voices - in words and spaces, sounds and songs.We are "Scenic Roots."Ray Bassett hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC.

Saving A Shellabrated Species In The Southeast

An Eastern Box Turtle
Thom Benson / TN Aquarium

Native turtles in this country face many threats - to their habitats, from poaching and trafficking.

Zoos, aquariums and nature centers are partnering on ways to save turtles together.

Here in Chattanooga, turtle expert Dave Collins is director of forests and animal behavior at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Mark McKnight is president and CEO of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center - and Tish Gailmard is director of wildlife there.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, weekdays at 3 PM ET on WUTC.
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