Sculptures on the Preserve
BHNP is honored to have ‘found-object’ artist and sculptor Dave Savage bring his works of art to the preserve. Dave has been very generous in giving us a long term loan of two sculptures located by the front entrance and by the picnic table next to Nancy Creek, near the main building.
He has more works of art he wants to share, so please stop by the Preserve to see the new sculptures. While you are here, come in and check out the fall art exhibit in the gallery! Call ahead to schedule your Gallery visit: 404-345-1008.
New Eagle Scout Project
We have a new Eagle Scout Project just completed by Pierce Mastrion. He constructed a wooden bridge over a hard to cross wet area at the Emma Lane Wetlands. This is a wonderful addition to our property - thank you Pierce!
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.
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.