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December 28, 2012
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Ringing in the New Year with Conservation Easements - Part 2!!

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(Pictured left) Keith Thompson, Conservation Easement Donor & Bill Clabough, FLC Executive Director (with Addy) visiting on Keith's property in Coffee County during the official easement agreement signing Wednesday. 3469 acres are now preserved - the acreage split over three separate but adjacent easements in Coffee and Grundy Counties!

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3 adjacent FLC conservation easements totaling 3469 acres in Coffee & Grundy Counties!
Wild Boar - 1112 acres
Pull Tight - 1130 acres
Land South - 1227 acres

Pull Tight and Wild Boar_Aerial Map W Tracts 2

   For Keith Thompson, the Manager of all three preserved tracts listed above, the idea to have large, permanently conserved acreage in the Cumberland wilderness surrounding a 100 acre camp and ministry is a dream come true. "Once we started to explore the property we found quail and duck habitat. We look forward to starting a timber/forestry management program. The former sand mines now house springs that stay full all the time and are full of fish. It's perfect for fly fishing and even teaching someone how to flyfish! We hope to break ground on the ministry sometime in 2014." 

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     Roughly two thirds of all 3400 acres consist of mixed hardwoods, with one third consisting of lakes, open fields and a former sand mine. Throughout the three tracts ephemeral wetlands have been noted. Much of the perimeter of the property includes the cliffs and ledges of the Cumberland escarpment - offering up a diversity of wildlife, plants and habitat types. Several rare plants have been noted near or on the property including American smoke tree and Fameflower.

    According to Meredith Clebsch, FLC's Land Director, "the Cumberland Wilderness properties may be the most ecologically diverse easements FLC holds to date.  The Cumberland Escarpment, the Cumberland Plateau and the valley below together offer a great variety of habitat types and opportunities for diversity of flora and fauna.  The steep slopes of the escarpment tend to be less disturbed and so retain many elements of the unique communities that have naturally evolved there.  Geologic diversity is an important factor in the complexity of the flora on the properties and also creates an incredibly scenic environment.  The sandstone cliffs and rockhouses are simply dramatic and exciting to explore.  We are looking forward to learning a great deal from these properties."

falls at Keith's

Pictured above, one of the largest falls on the property that is a part of Mill Creek (Pull Tight tract).  

Quote by Keith Thompson

I was overwhelmed by the process of preserving the property but Bill and Foothills were really easy to work with. It's hard not to get emotional when you think about it but I'm just excited about the opportunity to keep the place just like it is forever and ever.
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  Myers Cove- 460 acres (Warren  County)

    The property, located southeast of McMinnville, TN, is situated within the southwest portion of the Cumberland Plateau. Within a short driving distance from the Warren County property there are numerous parks including:   the northernmost portion of South Cumberland State Park, the 16,000 acres of Fall Creek Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park (which encompasses nearly 900 acres). The property's location is also in close proximity toDSC06365 Cumberland Caverns, the fourth largest cave in the U.S.

    This property is roughly 70% wooded with the remainder composed of fields in varying degrees of succession. Some of these fields consist primarily of native grasses; others are composed of a variety of grasses and forbs. Trees species include sourwood, tulip poplar, Virginia pine and shrub, dwarf sumac.

    The tract is drained by creeks that are part of the Collins River watershed. This watershed supports 28 known rare, threatened or endangered species of plants and animals, with 20 of these species known from within a four mile radius of the property. 

    At least two year-round streams found on the property provide plentiful water to resident and migratory species. At this time these streams are minimally impacted by activities both on and off the property and so provide a high quality resource to the Collins River watershed area.


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