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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Land Resources Conservation, Sports, Swimming & Other Water Recreation, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the Wolf River Watershed as a sustainable natural resource through conservation, education and recreation.

Results: Historically, the Wolf River Conservancy has focused on saving the 100 year floodplain from being developed or converted to non-natural and destructive land uses, such as sand and gravel mines. This focus has helped WRC protect approximately 14,000 acres so far. In 2013, WRC took another step forward and adopted a comprehensive land conservation plan. This plan assesses the entire Wolf River watershed for its conservation values based upon ten scientifically accepted environmental characteristics. The plan further defines connectivity, size, and shape of protected lands to better determine conservation prioritization. This adaptive plan acts as an active/iterative plan, which changes as more land is protected. The Wolf RIver Conservancy has also spearheaded the soon to be completed Wolf River Greenway. It is a corridor of protected green space along the Wolf River which includes a paved pathway for walking and biking. Built in sections, this 10-foot wide pathway will eventually extend over 22 miles to connect neighborhoods all the way from downtown Memphis through the cities of Germantown and Collierville, Tennessee.

Target demographics: Preserve the Wonder of the Wolf

Geographic areas served: We work to protect the Wolf River as a sustainable and natural resource that contains the source to our local watershed through land conservation, water education, recreation and the spearheading the soon to be over 22 mile long walking and biking path, the Wolf River Greenway.

Programs: volunteer oriented service clean up projects and fundraising events, water educational programs and events, and recreational paddling programs.

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Wolf River Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Wolf River Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Wolf River Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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