Little River Watershed Association Receives Tennessee Parks and Greenways Connections Award

The Little River Watershed Association was awarded a $2500 grant through the Tennessee Park and Greenways Connections small grants program to create a Blueways map of the Little River, including areas that are accessible along the Little River to kayakers, canoers and tubers. Sponsored by the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, this grant program helps fund greenway or trail projects connecting nearby communities to or near Tennessee’s beautiful state parks or natural areas.

Since 1999 the Tennessee State Park Connections program has awarded over 191 grants statewide totaling over $300,000. The funding for this 2013 Tennessee Parks and Greenways Connection grant was generously provided by Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. “This funding will help us be able to educate residents and tourists about the Little River’s history, where best to put-in and take-out personal watercraft, and explain how the watershed works and why it is important to protect,” said Kim Raia, board chair for the Little River Watershed Association.

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation’s mission is to protect Tennessee ‘s natural treasures. They are dedicated to preserving Tennessee’s scenic beauty and rich wildlife by creating an interconnected system of parks, greenways, and wildlife areas from the Mighty Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains. Kathleen Williams, President and Executive Director, realizes that to accomplish such an ambitious goal requires more than just a dedicated Board of Directors and hard-working staff.

“We continually look for ways to maximize oureffectiveness through partnerships and collaborative efforts with others. By giving away smallgrants each year to others, we stimulate big projects that contribute to our mission. Another strategy to accomplish our mission is to purchase and protect scenic properties throughout Tennessee which began in 1998 with protection of 419 acres in Fall Creek Falls State Park, and most recently the protection of 211 acres at Cummins Falls which became Tennessee’s 54th StatePark in May 2012.” Williams added.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.tenngreen.org.

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