Land Trust of North Alabama recently raised the funds they needed to preserve 86 more acres of land on Chapman Mountain. Over 120 people donated to the cause. Now, over 400 acres of the land will be preserved by Land Trust.
Chapman Mountain is minutes from downtown Huntsville and has been looked at to be developed. Land Trust wanted to prevent that from happening. They began preserving land on Chapman Mountain in 2001 and opened the preserve to the public last year.
This new land acquisition allows them to work with Alabama A&MUniversity and expand the trail system that runs through the preserve.
Land Trust of North Alabama Executive Director, Marie Bostick,said, “This winter, we’re actually going to create what’s called theBulldog Trail. It will go through this property as well and make a loop on thenorthern end, so short term, hopefully in the next ten to twelve months, therewill be a trail that people will be able to walk on that goes through thisproperty.”
When combined with the land owned by Alabama A&M, therewill be nearly 650 uninterrupted acres for hikers, bikers, and wildlife toenjoy.
“It adds a greater wildlife component when you havemore land continuous to each other to preserve, the wildlife habitat, and justlonger trails. People enjoy being able to have different options, whether youwant to take a short, kind of level hike or whether you want to do a morestrenuous long distance hike, this gives us the option to make all thoseavailable to people,” said Bostick.
Land Trust of North Alabama previously signed a purchase andsale agreement. Since they raised the money a week early, they will close onthe deal in the next couple of months.
They are also looking for volunteers to help build trails and maintain their land. Click here to learn how you can help.