Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Oct. 13 through October 19 Earth Science Week. In order to encourage studies of earth sciences, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Tennessee Geological Survey, in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, is distributing special toolkits to science teachers across the state. The kits include map resources and materials from the National Park Service, NASA, Soil Science Society of America, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The 2013 Earth Science Week theme is "Mapping our World." It is designed to engage young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution and our shared geologic heritage. Once again, governors across the United States will join Gov. Haslam in issuing proclamations that support Earth Sciences Week, reaching more than 50 million people across the country. As in years past, celebratory events for individuals and groups will be scheduled throughout the US and around the world. Educators interested in receiving an Earth Science Week toolkit may contact Ron Zurawski at Ronald.Zurawski@tn.gov or (615) 532-1502. The toolkits are free of charge. For more information about Earth Science Week, please visit www.earthsciweek.org. For more information on environmental law topics, please contact one of the Burr & Forman team members for assistance. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.