Monday, December 15, 2008

The largest urban old-growth forest in the United States.

Virgin timber stands are rare in the middle Tennessee area and this one is in Nashville.
Hopefully it will be preserved but it's not the best of times for raising money.
This large pignut hickory tree, photographed in summer 2008, could be the largest of its kind in the old growth forest near Bellevue.

More than 320 acres of rugged hills near Bellevue contains trees that are older than the city of Nashville. Friends of Warner Parks is trying to buy the land for $13.25 million to protect it from future development. If the group succeeds in saving the land, appraised for $17 million, it would be the largest urban old-growth forest in the United States.

The land is filled with sugar maples, American beech and pignut hickories, some of which are hundreds of years old.
This 350-year-old red oak sits within a 322-acre undeveloped tract of land in West Nashville called the Hill Property. The trees may never have been logged, which is all but unheard of in the 21st century.

Scenes From the Hill Property

1 comment:

  1. Cool. Looks wonderful, but keep your eye on it. In Seattle, we had a park like this but one year (in the 1930s), the head of the park's department said that the big trees were "dangerous" and needed to be removed. Lucky for Seattle the head of the parks department owned a logging company which removed the "dangerous" trees for only a small fee.