Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation held a kick-off event on May 16 to launch a fundraising campaign to purchase and protect the West Meade Waterfall.
Concerned citizens of West Meade formed the “Save the West Meade Waterfall” group to focus on protecting this beloved landmark. The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) has resolved to conserve this waterfall by securing funding to purchase the 3.81 acres it sits on. The total cost for this project is $117,000; already over $63,000 has been donated or pledged by individuals toward this project. Efforts are underway to secure an additional $50,000 toward the purchase in matching support by Metro Nashville.
The West Meade Waterfall, a rare Nashville treasure, is an important part of the proposed ecological corridor from Beaman Park to Radnor Lake. Wildlife corridors are necessary because they maintain biodiversity, allow populations to interbreed and provide access to larger habitats. The waterfall is the headwaters to Richland Creek, feeding directly into Jocelyn Hollow Creek which traverses east into Richland Creek, and has been determined to be the cleanest spring water in Nashville.
Nashville naturalist, Bob Brown (deceased), reported species of both native and rare plants. Behind the waterfall lie acres of mature forest, serving as a natural filter for the water and providing habitat for salamanders, bullfrogs, and turtles. In the habitat surrounding the waterfall dwells a wide variety of wildlife uncommon to urban areas, including barred owls, Cooper’s hawks, pileated woodpeckers, white-tailed deer, red foxes and an occasional bobcat.
Of noteworthy historic significance, part of the 1888 dry-stacked stone fence from the Belle Meade Farm stretches along the ridge bordering the waterfall.
In memory of Bob Brown, a staunch advocate of conservation, The Bob Brown Emergency Land Fund ($194,000) provided the initial funding for this emergency acquisition on a 1-year loan.
For additional information, please contact Alice Hudson, Director of Development for the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, at 615-329-4441.