Why is this a critical acquisition?
Conservation: This acquisition would significantly increase the natural corridor and habitat for wildlife. When combined with Alabama A&M University lands and the existing Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve, the total uninterrupted acreage would grow to approximately 650. Plants and animals would be provided a safe haven to live and an undisturbed space to migrate, feed, and flourish. In addition, this new parcel holds the only flowing spring on Chapman Mountain. Water from the spring flows inconspicuously out of the depths of the mountain as it has for years.
Recreation: The addition of this new property would markedly enhance the space available for public recreation trails. Offering diverse terrain from mountainside slopes to flat forest land, Chapman Mountain is an ideal outdoor recreation destination for visitors of all skill levels and interests, only minutes from downtown Huntsville.
Education: With more ground to cover and an historic spring area to explore, this expansion to Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve would provide exciting new opportunities for hands-on environmental education for children and adults alike. Chapman Mountain provides everything needed to host field trips inviting students to explore the connections between our land, our culture, and our history.