The Vision: Connecting the Tennessee River to Blevins Gap
Envision a permanently preserved corridor of life, a natural place where connections are made and our unique sense of place is displayed. Envision a place that binds us together with trails and provides a migration corridor and habitat for wildlife to safely travel and flourish. Connecting the Tennessee River to Blevins Gap would provide such a place. It would connect the life-giving waters of the Tennessee River to our mountain top vistas. It would skirt rocky outcroppings that shelter some of our tiniest creatures. It would lead you through groves of wild azaleas, trillium, and phlox that punctuate the new green of spring. It would be a place of respite.
The Challenge: Preserving Connections Before They’re Gone
Huntsville is projected to become Alabama’s largest municipality in less than 10 years. This surge of growth is already placing tremendous pressure on our natural landscape. We must act today to keep pace with the development. The price of inaction and procrastination – losing our identity – is irreversible and too high. It is critical that our natural lands and trail corridors are preserved now.
The Solution: Partnering Together
Thanks to generous community support, another critical connecting parcel has been preserved on Green Mountain! Land Trust of North Alabama recently acquired 27 acres that will connect two already preserved parcels and establish a natural trail corridor stretching 1.75 miles from Green Mountain Road south toward the Tennessee River. This is one large step forward toward connecting Ditto Landing to Blevins Gap. As critical parcels become available, we can continue to expand the River to Gap corridor with your help!