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Protecting Sanderlin's Bluff

In the Raleigh area of Memphis lies a gem of nature and lore. Rising from the Wolf River, the area known as Sanderlin’s Bluff provides wildlife and humans alike a quiet retreat from the urban environs. Atop the bluff, natural springs can still be found bubbling with clean water. While many of the springs have been lost over time, the few that remain offer a glimpse back to a time when Raleigh Springs was a resort town for those seeking its healing spring water.


 

Large beech tree (Fagus grandifolia) on a steep hillside.


Wildlife is drawn to this area because of the diversity of the landscape. With swamps in close proximity to steep hills, a great variety of plant communities offers wildlife consistent water resources and food to survive. Recognizing the value of this unique landform, Wolf River Conservancy has now secured a portion of Sanderlin’s Bluff where it meets the Wolf, a short distance from another 125 contiguous acres along the river already protected by WRC. Plant communities on the bluff, wetlands, woodlands and agricultural lands will all avoid conversion to other land uses due to WRC's work in this part of the watershed. Named for one of the original founders of Memphis, Sanderlin’s Bluff contains a bit of local history and provides a refuge for wildlife - conserving this distinctive heritage is all part of Preserving the Wonder of the Wolf.

This small tributary, partially fed by natural springs in Raleigh, cuts through the foot of Sanderlin’s Bluff to the junction with the Wolf River.  

View of the Wolf River from the foot of Sanderlin’s Bluff.

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 4:19 PM