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
You did it! Thanks to your generosity and enthusiastic response, we raised the $184,320 needed to save our 2020 target land acquisition to continue the River to Gap vision. This 92-acre property adjacent to Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (shown in purple on the map below) provides a vital connection between Blevins Gap and Ditto Landing. Because this land also includes a connection in the City of Huntsville’s Greenway Master Plan, the City of Huntsville endorsed the project with a gift of $92,160. The remaining amount was contributed by individual donors who value conservation and connectivity. With the necessary funds committed, we officially closed on the purchase of this property on September 30, 2020. By pooling our financial resources, we can continue to acquire and preserve the natural lands that provide key connections for this corridor. We are truly grateful for your support.