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WRC-TDEC Partnership Results in Protected Land and Improved River Access at Bateman

WRC is proud to announce two important projects resulting from our longstanding partnership with the Division of Natural Areas at Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  These projects enhance the latter part of the Ghost River section at the Bateman access.

First, 28.5 acres fronting the Wolf River and bordering Ghost River State Natural Area are now protected.  Though relatively small in size, this important property was threatened by immediate subdivision and potentially multiple house/cabin/trailer locations.  Preserving these wetlands and adjacent uplands is important not only for the water quality and wildlife habitat.  By securing this property, which will soon become part of the TDEC-managed Ghost River State Natural Area, the natural scenic beauty of the area is now preserved in perpetuity for paddlers.

  

  A side-water slough with baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) runs alongside the Wolf River.
 

TDEC and WRC also came together to improve the Bateman Road boat access, the most heavily utilized boat ramp on the Wolf. Through this partnership, additional gravel parking was created, thus alleviating stresses on the land and the adjacent agricultural field. With five State Natural Areas in the Wolf River watershed, WRC and TDEC's Division of Natural Areas have had a long and fruitful relationship, helping each other to improve the environment and create recreational opportunities.

Thanks to Allan Trently, Division of Natural Areas Stewardship Ecologist for West Tennessee, for alerting WRC of this opportunity to partner.  Allan is a great ambassador for WRC and TDEC, promoting all things natural.  He recently discovered a rare dragonfly (riverine clubtail) in a natural area on the Wolf River, which was the first instance of that species in Tennessee. 

WRC would also like to thank John Wilburn at Wolf River Canoe Trips for helping with Bateman Road boat access improvements.  As one of the lead canoe and kayak outfitters, John is always willing to lend a hand to improve recreational activities on the river and protect the Wonder of the Wolf.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 1:52 PM