Land Trust of North Alabama wants to preserve more land on Chapman Mountain in Huntsville, but they don’t have the funds to do it.
In order to acquire another 86 acres on Chapman Mountain, they have to raise $80,000 by August, and they are asking the community for help.
Land Trust of North Alabama began preserving Chapman Mountain in 2001 and opened the preserve to the public last year.
Land Trust of North Alabama Executive Director, Marie Bostick, said, “The reason we really want to make this preserve total, like have the whole mountain, is that it is a great opportunity for long distance recreation opportunities like the trails, but it also creates a really great habitat for the animals.”
Even though it is only minutes from Downtown Huntsville, the area has gone untouched for years. Right now, the preserve sits at 371 acres and has hiking trails running through it. The land was previously looked at to be developed, but the people at Land Trust would rather keep it full of wildlife.
“Development is important throughout the community. Growth is great, but we need to make sure that those special places that deserve to be preserved are preserved, and that’s really what we’re focused on,” said Bostick.
Land Trust signed a purchase and sale agreement which gave them six months to raise the money. Their deadline to reach $80,000 and purchase the land is August 15th.
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