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Cumberland County and Rhea County

Whites and Piney Creek Gorges

PROJECT PARTNERS Open Space Institute, George Lindemann

开放空间研究所(OSI)提供的私人资金帮助田纳西州绿地保护协会(TennGreen Land Conservancy)购买了一条田纳西州生物多样性最丰富的河流的开发和采伐权. 这一合作保护地役权保护了怀特河和松林河沿岸近550英亩的栖息地,以确保这片土地上风景优美的森林和溪流为子孙后代保持清洁和野生.

TennGreen Land Conservancy能够购买房地产的开发和木材权与支持 OSI 多亏了地主安妮和史蒂夫·斯卡伯勒夫妇的慷慨解囊,这里的房价大大降低了. 这种地役权永远保护着小溪和富含铁杉的树林,几十年来,斯卡伯勒人就在这里安家.

“We have lived on Whites Creek for 30 years, raising our children here in one of the most amazing places we’ve ever been,” said Steve & Annie Scarborough. “The spectacular gorges, waterfalls, 白溪及其支流的各种栖息地召唤着任何一个灵魂深处热爱户外运动的人. 我们非常高兴能与福喜集团和TennGreen的朋友们合作,为未来保护这片美丽的土地和水源迈出这一大步. We cannot express our gratitude strongly enough.”

This project is the second TennGreen conservation easement completed on lands owned by the Scarboroughs, 这对慈善的夫妇继续展示他们对保护这条河流丰富的栖息地和清洁水域的承诺. 这项保护地役权允许斯卡伯勒人继续休闲地享受他们的土地, and sell or pass it down to their heirs, while permanently limiting certain uses such as development, timber harvest, and mineral extraction. It runs with the land in perpetuity, meaning that any future landowner must adhere to the easement’s restrictions. Each year, TennGreen的工作人员将视察并监督该物业,以确保地役权条款得到支持.

This completed easement conserves approximately 7.5 miles of land along streams, including Blue Branch, Camp Branch, Otter Creek, Piney Creek, and Whites Creek. 白溪和松溪都被认定为具有全州意义的自然和风景质量(TN河流评估项目). 白溪里有各种美丽的鱼类和野生动物,包括稀有的橘红色镖鲈(Percina aurantiaca), which are found in clear headwater tributaries of the Tennessee River. 雄性橘红色镖鲈被认为是美国最鲜艳的淡水鱼之一,因为它们在繁殖季节的颜色是明亮的橙色和红色.

In addition to immense habitat conservation benefits, 对白溪沿岸土地的保护有助于确保沿白溪的景色保持自然. 白溪的一部分,沿着财产已被评为三级白水溪流, 和白水划桨者长期以来享受美丽的风景和水流的困难.

这一合作保护的成功标志着TennGreen在该地区完成的第15个项目,并增加了近12个项目,000 acres previously conserved by the organization in Cumberland, Rhea, and Roane counties. Previous successes include:

  • Karst Forest at Grassy Cove: 保护956英亩的风景,森林,和洞洞栖息地沿Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (the Cumberland Trail)
  • Lone Star: Conservation of more than 6,000英亩来保护野生动物栖息地和20多英里的溪流,并提供了沿坎伯兰小道的重要连接
  • Black Mountain: Conservation of 518 acres of high bluffs, wildflowers, and historical ruins along the Cumberland Trail
  • Brady Mountain: Conservation of a significant, 352-acre connection along the Cumberland Trail
  • Devilstep Hollow: Permanent protection of a cave property known for its extensive biological, cultural, and geological significance along the Cumberland Trail
  • Hinch Mountain: 保护200英亩,以保护基本的栖息地,并扩大沿坎伯兰步道的娱乐机会
  • Coal Creek Farm: Enhancement of conservation habitat on a 5,200英亩的农场和森林财产,包括白溪的源头和在草湾喀斯特森林毗连
  • Elizabeth Camp Preserve: Acquisition of a key property located on the Obed River, two miles upstream from Catoosa Wildlife Refuge and the Obed Wild and Scenic River
  • CROET: 获得与熊溪和东叉杨溪洪泛平原相关的高质量湿地毗连的土地, which support a variety of plant and animal species, including the threatened or endangered yellow lily, goldenseal, pink lady slipper, beak rush, and ginseng
  • Catoosa–McLeod: State acquisition and expansion of 82 acres, 这是由一项授予TennGreen的文物保育信托基金资助的
  • Charles R. Russell Obed Preserve: 永久保护包含濒危鱼类和两个瀑布的私人土地, located on the Obed River, six miles upstream from Catoosa WMA and Obed Wild and Scenic River
  • Heron Hill: 永久保护位于瓦茨巴尔湖沿岸的私人土地和稀有和濒危物种(包括上市的草原黄花)的栖息地
  • Possum Trot Waters: 永久保护私人土地,包括沿白溪的广阔的正面, which flows past the Whites Creek Gorge conservation easement property
  • Whites Creek (2011 Conservation Easement): 坎伯兰高原东部斜坡上的私人土地的永久保护,是稀有和不寻常的植物和动物的家园,包括白溪峡谷和白溪近一英里的正面视野, a tributary to Watts Bar Lake

怀特和松溪峡谷保护地役权的完成代表着野生动物和田纳西人在保护方面的巨大胜利,” said Steve Law, Executive Director of TennGreen Land Conservancy. 这座壮观而多样的建筑坐落在坎伯兰高原——田纳西州的皇冠上的一颗明珠. Conservation of the waters, forests, and vistas on properties like this is why our mission is so important, and our work is so rewarding. 我感谢斯卡伯勒夫妇为子孙后代提供的慷慨礼物,也感谢福喜集团资助这个特殊的项目.”

“福喜集团很自豪能够支持怀特和松溪峡谷的保护,”他说 Joel Houser, Southeast Field Coordinator of OSI. “In a landscape known for its unmatched biodiversity and natural resources, this property stands out as one of the best of the best. With the successful completion of this project, 不仅在财产上的森林将继续过滤干净的水进入怀特和松树溪, 但随着气候的变化,土地也将成为动植物的重要栖息地. OSI向斯卡伯勒人令人难以置信的慷慨和TennGreen的辛勤工作和奉献致敬.”

田纳西绿地保护协会的白松溪峡谷项目得到了开放空间研究所(OSI)的资助,因为该项目在促进野生动物适应气候变化方面具有重要意义. OSI assembled the funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations, and Merck Family Fund. Additionally, 这个项目得到了斯卡伯勒家族慷慨的廉价拍卖的支持, and funding from George Lindemann.

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