Georgia: State Plan to Purchase, Protect 1,800 Acres in McLemore Cove Moves Forward By Chloe Morrison, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn.
Jul. 10--To preserve natural land areas in the region can require cooperation and sacrifice by public and private interests, but it's an investment in the future, officials contend.
"We need to plan for conservation the same way we plan for development, instead of having it be the leftover," said Jeanie Nelson, executive director and president of the Land Trust for Tennessee.
When greenspace and natural resources are lost, they are often gone forever, so it's important for governments, organizations and individuals to protect pieces of precious property, according to Ms. Nelson.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Walker County are working to purchase and protect about 1,800 acres of land in McLemore Cove, between Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Zahnd Natural Area on Lookout Mountain.