April 2017 Enewsletter

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Dear Wolf River Conservancy partner:

    The Wolf River Conservancy had an opportunity this week to celebrate our continued progress in delivering on our land conservation mission. On Wednesday, April 26th, the WRC and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) held a joint recognition event in La Grange, Tennesssee, to celebrate the recent WRC acquisition of the “Elder Property,” a 28.5 acre tract which abuts the Ghost River State Natural Area and will ultimately become part of it.

    TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill served as the Master of Ceremonies  for the recognition event. Other presenters included WRC Board Member McCall Wilson, County Commissioner for Fayette County Elizabeth Rice, and TDEC’s Division of Natural Areas Director, Roger McCoy.  Ring Container Technologies  was also acknowledged as a valuable corporate partner in the Elder Property acquisition, as was the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund,  a financial partner in the acquisition.

    Following the formal presentation, Wolf River Conservancy River Guides led a small group of paddlers on a trip down the Ghost River section of the Wolf which included a river view of the new Elder tract.

    The event was held in the LaGrange town square at the Wolf River Conservancy monument which acknowledges the saving of the Ghost River section in 1995 by WRC, TDEC, and many other organizations and individuals. The Ghost River State Natural Area was created because of this successful effort led by the Conservancy.The addition of the Elder Property to the Ghost River State Natural Area is a great way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Tennessee State Parks system.  Even more important, it is another reminder that by protecting  land we are also protecting critical green spaces, clean drinking water, clean air, and habitat.

    Though we have protected over 16,000 acres since our founding, the importance of protecting critical wetlands and floodplains in the Wolf River Watershed remains as important as ever to the health of our community. Thanks to all of you for your support of our efforts!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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Upcoming Events



April 28

National Arbor Day 


April 29

Spring Birding Paddle


May 6

First Saturday Paddle   


May 6

Plant I.D. Workshop


May 14

Mother's Day Paddle


May 20

Frog Chorus Walk 


May 21

Ghost River Eco Tour



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