Friday, November 27, 2009
Ancient Forest in Nashville
If you've read some of my previous posts, you know how much I love trees. I first read of Hill tract earlier this year was completely stunned that such a tract of land could exist today. What is known as Hill Tract is a 324-acre old-growth forest with trees that are more than two centuries old. The timber has never been harvested. Never. Think about that....you can walk in this forest and see three hundred year old trees. There is no undergrowth of ivy or ferns because the tree canopy blocks out sunlight. The most amazing fact is that this forest exists just nine miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Generations of the Hill family are owed our gratitude for taking personal responsibility and preserving this forest. It takes a special love of nature to see beyond the earnings from cutting timber to realize you are the guardian of something truly unique.
The Friends of Warner Parks are raising funds to purchase the 324-acre Hill Tract to preserve it for future generations. I urge you to take a look at their website and consider donating. This time of year there are a lot of worthy causes that grab our attention. But, this is truly a once in a lifetime chance to make a difference for our future generations.