IN 1985 THE WOLF RIVER CONSERVANCY WAS FORMED AS A NON-PROFIT LOCAL LAND TRUST IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT LANDS ALONG THE WOLF RIVER AS A PUBLIC NATURAL RESOURCE. THE WOLF RIVER IS A MULTI-FACETED RESOURCE IN WEST TENNESSEE AND NORTH MISSISSIPPI PROVIDING DRINKING WATER BENEFITS, HIGH QUALITY WILDLIFE HABITAT, TOP-NOTCH RECREATION, AND HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE MID-SOUTH.
Historically, the Wolf River Conservancy has focused on saving the 100 year floodplain from being developed or converted to non-natural and destructive land uses, such as sand and gravel mines. This focus has helped WRC protect approximately 15,000 acres so far.
In 2013, WRC took another step forward and adopted a comprehensive land conservation plan. This plan assesses the entire Wolf River watershed for its conservation values based upon ten scientifically accepted environmental characteristics. The plan further defines connectivity, size, and shape of protected lands to better determine conservation prioritization. This adaptive plan acts as an active/iterative plan, which changes as more land is protected.
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What is a Land Trust?
A land trust is a nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition or by its stewardship of such land or easements. Land trusts work with landowners and the community to conserve land by accepting donations of land, purchasing land, negotiating private voluntary conservation agreements on land, and stewarding conserved land through the future.
The Wolf River Conservancy works to conserve Wolf River lands, helping to guide development away from critical aquifer recharge areas and protect sensitive habitats fo future generations.