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2008-10-10 18:00:17

By Matt Woo As Ted Fox began to talk about the future of the Wolf River Wildlife Area, he stopped and made a prediction. "It will be like this forever," said Fox, director for the Shelby County Public works and executive director of the Chickasaw Basin Authority. "It will be just like you see it now." On Thursday morning, elected officials from Collierville and Shelby County held an opening ceremony for the Wolf River Wildlife Area. The trails officially open today. Shelby County...

2008-09-29 21:00:18

It's not as if nothing is happening in Memphis to demonstrate an awareness that the environment is fragile and natural resources are finite. Somewhat predictably, however, the Bluff City ranks 46th among the nation's 50 largest cities, down from 43rd last year, on a list released this week by SustainLane (http://www.sustainlane.com) , an online community dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability. Local leaders are not sitting still. Last June, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton...

2008-09-22 21:00:17

By Tom Charlier The sight of deer bounding through the woods may not have surprised Larry J. Smith, but the half-dozen or so wild turkeys that popped their heads up out of the tall grass to gaze curiously at intruders certainly did. Deep in the bottomlands north of Collierville, it's clear that Shelby County's newest recreational site - the "Wolf River Wildlife Area" - is aptly named. "This is how it's going to stay - what you see here," said Smith, a county environmental official and...

2008-09-15 21:00:14

By Joseph Russell People were everywhere, supporting a cause many may not have known about prior to Sunday's 8K road race and 3K family run/walk in support of the Wolf River Conservancy. From the nearly 350 runners entering Germantown's wooded Wolf River Nature Area to the cheering families and supporters to the bluegrass band playing at the finish line - Sunday afternoon's activities provided an opportunity to appreciate nature. In other words, just a small slice of what the...

2008-08-07 21:00:16

By Tom Charlier The group seeking to dramatically re-create Shelby Farms under a slogan that includes "one park, one million trees" soon should be getting one big chunk of cash to help make it happen. In what officials described as the largest conservation donation in Memphis history, the Hyde Family Foundations today will announce a $20 million challenge grant to the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, which is launching a series of ambitious improvements for the 4,500- acre park near the...

2008-06-16 21:00:13

From the boardwalks, paved trails and dirt paths already lining its banks, the Wolf River presents itself as a stream of intense contrasts. Barely 90 miles long, it curls through hardwood forests, spreads out into Okefenokee-like swamps and winds past neighborhoods affluent and poor from Germantown to North Memphis. Today, more than ever before, momentum is building to establish a greenway, or linear park, all along the Wolf. While trails are already built in areas such as Germantown, new...

2008-06-16 21:00:12

By Tom Charlier It bubbles up from a spring-fed pond in the Mississippi hills, then settles into West Tennessee swamps, where lilies bloom in the open water and the rat-tat-tat sounds from woodpeckers echo through a labyrinth of cypress and tupelo trees. By the time it reaches the outskirts of Memphis, the Wolf River has undergone yet another transformation - into a wider, more turbulent stream lined with high, crumbling banks that stand like parapets next to dried-up oxbow lakes. A...

2008-06-16 21:00:12

It has taken too long , but Memphis is fortunate that its leaders are catching on to the wisdom of investing in and developing greenways for their recreational, economic, social and environmental benefits. The most ambitious example is the city's planned 22-mile section of the Wolf River Greenway, one of the most eagerly anticipated new public amenities here in some time and part of a long-sought dream of the Wolf River Conservancy. Behind the scenes, promoters of a 13.4-mile trail on...