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BHNP Adds Four More Acres

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve in North Buckhead is expanding! By adding four more acres, the Preserve directly connects to the local elementary school and enables construction of a continuous PATH trail connecting all the Preserve’s properties and to other trails in the area, Blue Heron Executive Director Nancy Jones announced today.

The City of Atlanta purchased the property on Land O’Lakes Drive adjacent to Sarah Smith Elementary School to develop the BLUEWAY, a two-mile trail along urban streams that will eventually tie into the new PATH400 trail, the Belt Line and extend to paths at Chastain Park.  “Our vision is to expand Blue Heron well beyond our own boundaries by connecting our trails to existing ones all around us.”, Jones explains.

Blue Heron grows to 30 acres with the new acquisition. A haven of majestic trees, nature trails, a 10,000 square foot education and arts center and a wildlife sanctuary adjoining busy Roswell Road, the Preserve is a City of Atlanta park operated by the nonprofit Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

“This is a big step in fulfilling our mission of protecting and connecting greenspace and encouraging people of all ages to experience nature.”, Jones adds.


(Photo by Bill Boley)

The new parcel contains the head waters of Mill Creek, a creek whose name was recently discovered on an old survey map along with a grist mill that once stood on Lakemoore Drive. The new parcel helps to create a contiguous, protected greenspace in a watershed which includes a significant portion of Buckhead’s business district along Peachtree, Piedmont and Roswell Roads.  This offers a unique opportunity to create wetlands which can naturally address the impacts of urbanization,provide habitat for native plants and animals not normally found in an urban setting and offer hands-on educational opportunities for schools.

 

Another Eagle Scout Project Finishes

We are grateful to all the Eagle Scouts whose projects contribute significantly to the work we do at Blue Heron.  This time, Sam Crane with troop 467 has put the finishing touches on a new trail segment.  The trail shortens the Woodland Loop Trail with stepping stones across Nancy Creek. Visitors can now hike around the Creek without getting on Roswell Road giving them unique opportunity to experience Nancy Creek directly.

We are so appreciative of Sam's efforts and wish him well in his senior year at Lovett.

 

Storms Blow Baby Squirrels From Nests

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Look who is visiting in the office today (8/11/14)! This baby squirrel is being hand fed and cared for by AAS Ed Director, Melanie Furr. He fell out of the nest over the weekend and is on his way to AWARE the wild animal rescue organization.

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Melanie says "The second wave of baby squirrels are being born in August and September, if you find one, try to return it to it's nest or if it is too high, make a small nest and hang it as high as possible".

 

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