Cumberland County

Lone Star

PROJECT PARTNERS The Conservation Fund, Cumberland Trails Conference, State of Tennessee

By spearheading a private fundraising effort, TennGreen Land Conservancy assisted with the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres to protect wildlife habitat and 20+ miles of streams and provide a significant connection along Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (the Cumberland Trail).

For nearly 15 years, the State of Tennessee and partners worked to acquire more than 6,000 acres of land known as “Lone Star.” For many years, large-scale timber harvesting and mineral extraction were conducted at Lone Star, making its acquisition vital to secure stream quality, restore habitat, and protect its natural landscapes for present and future generations to enjoy.

By spearheading a private fundraising effort, TennGreen assisted with The Conservation Fund (the Fund)’s purchase of Lone Star and its mineral rights, as well as the mineral rights of nearby land already owned by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). A key portion of the land is managed by Tennessee State Parks as an expansion to the Cumberland Trail. Protection of Lone Star’s forested areas not only conserves important habitat for our terrestrial species, but also ensures the long-term habitat quality of Daddy’s Creek downstream by preserving water temperature, food resources, and cover necessary for our aquatic species.