January 2017 Enewsletter

Wolf River Conservacy
January 2017 ENEWSLETTER
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Dear Wolf River Conservancy partner:

Thank you to everyone for helping the Wolf River Conservancy achieve our  best ever  fundraising result during the recent “Sustaining the Wolf” annual appeal campaign!  We exceeded our original goal of $75,000 by 40%. The generous  $1 for $1 match from the Hyde Family Foundations provided an added incentive for donors to support our mission to protect and enhance the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource – a mission we deliver through conservation, education and recreation.

An additional $75,000 incentive provided by Ring Container Technologies was yet another great reason to give to the campaign. Once the Hyde Family Foundations' goal was met, Ring Container Technologies matched it with $75,000 toward our Land Conservation Fund, designated for use by the Conservancy toward any stewardship efforts for our protected lands.

Essentially, each $1 our donors contributed produced a total of $3 toward our mission. To all of you, and to both the Hyde Family Foundations and Ring Container Technologies, thank you!

Here is a quick look back at our results during 2016….

Land Conservation: Since 1985, we have protected approximately 16,000 acres of land in the Wolf River Watershed. We continue to partner with other organizations such as Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to ensure that lands with strategically important conservation values in the Wolf River Watershed are protected.

Education: During 2016, over 3400 adults and children participated in our education programs which included classroom programs, field trips, service projects, Project WET workshops, our summer lecture series, and more. 

Recreation:  With the help of our dedicated and capable Volunteer River Guides led by Dale Sanders and Jim Gafford, over 450 folks enjoyed paddle trips on the Wolf River in 2016.  Some trips were designed to clean up trash on the river or remove obstacles like fallen trees. On ALL trips, participants enjoyed the fun, camaraderie, and beauty of being on the Wolf. 

Wolf River Greenway: A total of three segments are currently under construction: Epping Way and Kennedy Park, both located in Raleigh, and the Mud Island segment downtown.  Plans are underway for the remaining segments, with the goal of completing all of the Memphis Wolf River Greenway by late 2019 or early 2020. You can visit our Greenway webpages for information on our progress.

Thank you again to our wonderful community for your support in 2016, and please visit for all of our latest activities!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

More Stories

Join Us for the 12th Annual Tree Planting on Feb. 25th

We will be planting over 500 flowering dogwoods and other native trees during our largest volunteer event of the year.  Learn More...

Sold-Out Screening of Dale Sanders: Source to Sea

The 250-seat theater at Brooks Museum was filled to capacity and tickets were sold out for the film about Dale's record-breaking trip down the Mississippi River in 2015.  Learn More...

Volunteers Step Up to Serve in January   

40 volunteers worked at Kennedy Park on Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan.16th, and father-daughter team Andrew and Mallory Halliburton cleared privet at the Lucius Burch trailhead on Jan. 28th.  Learn More...

Natural Highlights: Groundhogs

The inspiration for Groundhog Day is a big burrowing rodent also known as a woodchuck, and the only marmot in the Midsouth. Learn More...

Sponsor a Tree and Watch Your Green Grow!

Sponsor one of the dogwoods that will be planted on February 25th. Your donation will allow the Conservancy to fund future tree plantings and service projects.  Learn More...

Upcoming Events



February 2

World Wetlands Day 


February 4

First Saturday Paddle


February 4

Guided Walk at William B. Clark Preserve  


February 10

Full Snow Moon Bonfire


February 16

Tom Fox Photography Program


February 17-20

Great Backyard Bird Count 


February 18

Weed Wrangle 


February 25

12th Annual WRC Tree Planting 


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