Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Boy Scouts purchase 1600 acres on Cumberland Plateau

By: Katie Allison Granju, Producer
Date created: 5/16/2007 12:45:41 PM
Last updated: 5/16/2007 12:46:25 PM


The Boy Scouts of America have purchased 1,600 acres on the Cumberland Plateau about two hours east of Nashville for a wilderness and adventure "reservation."
About 300 acres of cleared land and more than 1,200 acres of pine and hardwood forest will be available for camping, hiking and other activities, according to information the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts released today.
The deal, including the land, interest on loans, renovations and equipment, is costing roughly $7 million. Since the land is surrounded by 50,000 acres of public property, including Fall Creek Falls State Park and the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness Area, it offers even more in the way of caving, rock climbing, rappelling, fishing and kayaking, the group said."We are thrilled to secure this pristine wilderness on the Cumberland Plateau for the next generation of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers to explore and enjoy, along with the many other state and private groups with whom we plan to collaborate," Joe Long, executive director of the local Scouting group, said in an emailed statement."
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