The Land Trust for Tennessee’s partner, Blue Ridge Waterways, Inc., completed the restoration and enhancement of Oostanaula Creek and tributaries on three Land Trust-protected properties in McMinn County. Oostanaula Creek is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of impaired waterways. Stream restoration helps improve water quality by reducing streambank erosion and creates a more natural stream and riparian habitat for fish, wildlife and plants.
The project restored a total of 16,000 linear feet of Oostanaula Creek, Johnson Branch and an unnamed tributary.
The majority of this restoration work is on the historic Mayfield Farm, protected by the Mayfield Family with a conservation easement in 2007. The protected area includes nearly 700 acres of farmland and forest containing the site of the original Mayfield Dairy, the family’s renowned dairy product business. Although the dairy is no longer active on site, the property is managed by son Michael Mayfield who grows fruits and vegetables on the farm. Each fall they invite the public for some farm fun, including a corn maze and pumpkin patch.