April 2020: A Message from Our Director

Dear Wolf River Conservancy Friends,

While we can’t currently gather together due to COVID-19, the health crisis reminds us that the importance of enjoying and preserving the great outdoors and our urban green spaces has never been greater. Enjoying our natural world helps to shape our mental and physical well-being and provides a spiritual refuge for many during these uncertain times. Especially during these glorious spring days, we see clearly that,  just as the natural world marches on, and so must our critical work to protect and preserve the Wolf River and its watershed.

Because of your ongoing generosity, we are committed to moving our mission forward. A few examples of the Conservancy’s current critical work include:

  •  - Protection of the Spirit Fork property: This 46-acre property on the banks of the North Fork of the Wolf River consists entirely of wetlands with towering 70 to 150-year-old bald cypress trees. These significant wetlands are vital for recharging the source of our drinking water, the Memphis Sand Aquifer. Bordering 221 acres of protected land, the Spirit Fork Property is a strategic acquisition preserving one mile of the scenic North Fork amidst a forest untouched for a generation.
  •  - Virtual Environmental Education Programming: Using video conferencing and other online tools, the Conservancy is hosting weekly environmental education programs, led by our Director of Education.  On the evening of April 29th, Rita Venable joined us via Zoom to present "Butterflies of Tennessee."
  •  - Construction Progress on the Wolf River Greenway trail: The Wolf River Conservancy remains committed to building out and connecting the 26-mile Wolf River Greenway trail within the city of Memphis. Currently, there are ten miles of trail open to the public with another six miles under construction. Virtual tours are available on our website at If you choose to visit the Wolf River Greenway trail, we encourage social distancing and following CDC and Shelby County Health Department guidelines.

We recognize that these are challenging and uncertain times, and we are grateful for your commitment to conservation, the great outdoors, and the future of our community. If you are able, we hope that you will consider a gift to further the work of the Wolf River Conservancy. Please use the enclosed envelope or, if you prefer, visit our website at

As the world adjusts to a new normal for the immediate future, so does the Wolf River Conservancy. We want to thank you for your dedication and support. Because of you, the Wolf River Conservancy, as an accredited land trust, remains committed to protecting and preserving strategic wetlands and providing educational and recreational opportunities for our community.

Thank you for your continued support to the Wolf River Conservancy.

Together, we will march on.


Posted by Cathy Justis at 9:48 AM