CHATTANOOGA, TN (April 27, 2020) — Building on its land protection work atop the Southern Cumberland Plateau, the Open Space Institute (OSI) is announcing the protection of its latest property within the region. The land, conserved by TennGreen Land Conservancy with OSI’s support, will protect wildlife habitat around a stunning gorge atop the Plateau.
TennGreen was able to secure a conservation easement on the 550-acre “Whites and Piney Creek Gorge” property with funding from OSI’s Resilient Landscape Initiative and Southern Cumberland Land Protection Fund, and thanks to the generosity of the property’s landowners, Annie and Steve Scarborough. This easement, located along a gorge surrounding Whites and Piney creeks, forever protects the creeks and the surrounding hemlock-rich woods.
The property marks the 24th property conserved by OSI atop the Southern Cumberland Plateau, totaling some 37,000 acres.
“In a landscape known for its unmatched biodiversity and natural resources, this property stands out as one of the best of the best. OSI is proud to have helped make this project happen and salute the incredible generosity of the Scarboroughs, as well as the hard work and dedication of TennGreen,” said Joel Houser, OSI’s Southeast Field Coordinator.