620 acres added to land conservation on the Southern Cumberland Plateau

New land includes part of Custard Hollow Creek

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Several organizations and individuals announce the protection of 620 acres on the Cumberland Plateau.

TennGreen Land Conservancy, Robert D. McCaleb of Cleveland, TN, the Open Space Institute (OSI), and The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee (TNC) all helped create a conservation easement for the Custard Hollow track.

The land is in an extensive conservation corridor along the Tennessee/Alabama border that includes Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, and South Cumberland State Park.

The property includes half a mile of Custard Hollow Creek and several significant caves.

Map Custard Hollow

Cleveland’s Robert D. McCaleb agreed to place a perpetual conservation easement on the property.

“Whereas we cannot preserve all places, I believe large portions of the southern Cumberland Plateau are irreplaceable and very much warrant preservation so that future generations will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beauty of the area. The relative peace and tranquility of the forests and mountains should provide opportunity for inspiration and spiritual benefit to those who choose to explore this corner of God’s creation and remarkable landscape. My father, H. Kenneth McCaleb, an ex-POW in WWII, found great solace in these forests from the wartime injustices he endured. I would like to remember him, indeed the entire “Greatest Generation,” and all combat veterans, by this donation. After careful consideration, I have been pleased to work with responsible conservation organizations on this project.”

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