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County pursues $285k in nature preserve grants

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:12 am

Lincoln County’s Parks and Recreation Committee is pursuing two grants totaling $285,000 for the benefit of the Joy Gleghorn Nature Preserve, a 114-acre property now owned by the county and protected under a conservation easement.

Named for Joy Gleghorn, the late wife of Fayetteville businessman Charles Gleghorn, who conveyed the property to the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the property has been the focus of attention by state naturalists and conservationists over recent years for its pristine setting, springs, waterfalls and rare plant life.

According to discussion in last week’s meeting, the county will be applying for an $85,000 grant with no local match through the Tennessee Health Department and a $200,000 grant through South Central Tennessee Development District (SCTDD), which will require a local match of $50,000. However, that local match could be met by the health department grant if it were to be awarded.

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