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FSC Land Preservation Celebration

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

 

 

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TN State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath stands on the Stone Door overlook. Since the purchase by the Friends of South Cumberland of the Jones Tract, the view from this key Savage Gulf park is forever protected from development. The public is invited to a Land Preservation Celebration on Sun., Oct. 11 beginning with a hike to Stone Door led by Hedgepath. Sen. Janice Bowling will give some remarks at the 3:00 gathering at at the nearby Beersheba Springs Hotel.

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State Sen. Janice Bowling, who will be part of a brief program at the Friends of South Cumberland’s Land Preservation Celebration on Sun., Oct. 11, said, “The acquisition of the Jones Tract brings to fruition a thirty year old hope and effort.” The program will begin at 3:00 at the Beersheba Springs Hotel following a hike to Stone Door.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the public is invited to celebrate with the Friends of South Cumberland State Park at Gaze & Graze, beginning with a hike to Stone Door led by TN State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and followed by a gathering at the Beersheba Springs Hotel with Sen. Janice Bowling as part of the program.

According to Latham Davis, FSC President, “We are delighted that Sen. Bowling is going to take part in our event on Sunday. She has shown a deep commitment to the welfare of Grundy County and to the opportunities that eco-tourism offers to the Savage Gulf area. We are also pleased to have our TN State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath leading our hike to Stone Door. Randy’s passion for this park is equalled by few. We welcome members of the FSC, the Savage Gulf Preservation League, and all others who are interested in the park and being involved with the Friends’ vision for the future.”

In mid-September the FSC announced the purchase of a significant piece of private land across from Stone Door at Savage Gulf that includes 2,000 feet of bluff line. Until this property was purchased by the non-profit conservation group, the unbroken view of wilderness along the canyon rim was in jeopardy.

The events begin at 2:00 pm with a ribbon cutting for a new $27,000 pavilion at Stone Door, a gift of the FSC. The hike to Stone Door to ‘gaze’ at the now-protected view will follow. From 3:00-4:30 is a gathering at the historic Beersheba Springs Hotel for brief remarks, refreshments and music by Bazzania, the official band of South Cumberland State Park. For more details and directions, visit the FSC website: wwwfriendsofsouthcumberland.

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