This habitat-rich 3,000 acres of land—which contains portions of Lost and Champion Coves adjacent to The University of The South (Sewanee) and extends to the boundary of privately held land at the bottom of Lost Cove—is now owned and managed by Sewanee for use as an outdoor academic laboratory and for recreation.
This land is significant for its conservation values and history. This was a rare opportunity to link large protected tracts including the 8,000 acre Franklin State Forest, two State Natural Areas, Buggy Top Cave and a Natural Bridge, creating and conserving large-scale wildlife corridors. The project, originated by The Land Trust to acquire and protect the property, culminated in the successful Lost Cove Campaign, a community fund-raising effort that generated $4.3 million for the purchase. The Land Trust for Tennessee was awarded the Governor’s Award for Conservation for the preservation of Lost Cove and Champion Cove and the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Community Service Award for Contribution to the South Cumberland.
The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exemplary voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives that are not required by law or regulations. Thirty-nine professionals from various public and private organizations judged more than 100 nominations to determine the 14 award recipients.
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