CHATTANOOGA, TN (May 18, 2021)—The Open Space Institute (OSI), TennGreen Land Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund today announced a critical acquisition along the popular Fiery Gizzard Trail in Tennessee’s South Cumberland State Park. Conservation of the land officially connects the trail to a popular waterfall and a celebrated scenic lookout point, while securing habitat for sensitive plants and animals.
With the support of OSI, The Conservation Fund and TennGreen purchased the 220-acre property, called the “Castle” property, and transferred it to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, fulfilling one of the South Cumberland State Park’s top conservation acquisition priorities. The Castle property includes bluff views and rich forests beloved by outdoor enthusiasts, as well as potential habitat for rare plants and animals in the region.
With its protection, the land will be also safeguarded from nearby timber harvesting and mineral extraction.
"OSI is proud to have helped to secure this resounding conservation win for the state of Tennessee,” said Joel Houser, OSI’s Southeast Field Coordinator. “The Fiery Gizzard is a remarkable place that not only is a home for wildlife but also a tremendous boost to the local recreational economy. We congratulate TennGreen Land Conservancy and The Conservation Fund on their dogged efforts to see this land protected.”