Wolf River Conservancy is a non-profit nationally accredited land trust focused on saving the 100-year floodplain, wetlands, and Memphis Sand Aquifer (source of our drinking water) recharge areas from being developed or converted to destructive land uses. Following a strategic and comprehensive land conservation plan, the Conservancy has protected approximately 18,000 acres so far.

Each property that we protect is not just an accomplishment we pin to a board; instead these precious protected acres are stories and places for us and our children to enjoy.  Below are a few of our stories.

Ghost River Saving

Likely the most told tale and most resounding success by Wolf River Conservancy, the saving of the Ghost River section of the Wolf reaches thousands of people each year through paddle trips, webinars, and local lore.  There is not ample space on this webpage to properly tell the story of how a group of paddlers, conservationists, Wolf River Conservancy, and the multiple state agencies worked together to save the crown jewel (roughly 4,000 acres) of the Wolf River in 1995.  The threat was eminent, the ecology was (is) rare, and the fundraising was unprecendented.  The Conservancy has been partnering with the State of Tennessee ever since to expand the Ghost River State Natural Area and Wolf River Wildlife Management Area in Fayette County to over 11,000 acres.  CLICK HERE for a more detailed history or feel free to call a Conservancy staffer or volunteer to learn more about the Ghost River section of the Wolf River.

     - The original auction listing of the Ghost River section.

Forgotten waters

The geologic tale of the Wolf River predates written history.  With names of Neshoba, Margot, Rivière du Loup, Wolf, and likely many more, the Wolf River has had countless meanders carved across the Mid-South landscape.  The Forgotten Waters property contains many paleo-channels of the Wolf and one mile of frontage on the river we know today.  For decades, much of this property was an island cutoff by two main channels of the Wolf River.  Nowadays the former southern route of the Wolf is only descernable during flooding or as viewed from a drone or plane above.  Old channels of the Wolf River still play an important role today in harboring flood waters and valuable wetland habitat that recharges the Memphis Sand Aquifer.  Forgotten Waters has many stories to tell and benefits to preserve.  Now permanently protected, this property will never be forgotten and can be cherrished for generations to come. 

For a short video on this property, visit:

Spirit fork

As a landowner, when you are offered many tens of thousands of dollars for timber, many don't bat an eye and accept the offer.  Instead, the owners of Spirit Fork remembered how their dad held the property dear to heart with countless hours of work in the cotton fields.  That dedication to the land stuck with his descendents, as they reached out to Wolf River Conservancy to protect their property that was long past the days of cotton and full of 70 year-old baldcypress wetlands.  Through the actions of the family and the Conservancy's mission to protect valuable wetlands, the property was protected in 2020.  The Spirit Fork property is named after the Civil War history (and in spirit of their father) and the North Fork of the Wolf River running through the property.  Thank you Bryan family for honoring your father and blessing future generations by preserving these magnificent wetlands.  For a short video on this property, visit:



The Cornerstone property grows the legend of the Ghost River.  Protection of the Cornerstone property and, its equally important neighbor on King Drive secured the final fast-flowing waters of this section.  Unlike the proposed houses on the hill overlooking the river, the scenic end to the Ghost section will remain wild and continue to harbor unique and rare plants and wildlife.  In 2018 and 2019 respectively, these properties (totalling 86 acres) became part of the Ghost River State Natural Area.  Watch the video below of the Cornerstone property.  For a short video on this property, visit:

The Story Continues

Stay tuned as we compose more stories of the Wonder of the Wolf.