Submitted by Benita Howell on behalf of the Historic Rugby Board of Directors:
Help Preserve Land Near the Rugby State Natural Area
Donate to the Forest Legacy Campaign by March 31
In 2007 Historic Rugby partnered with TDEC to acquire and establish the Rugby State Natural Area, protecting land adjacent to the village Historic District and the Little Creek and White Oak watershed.
To facilitate acquisition of the Rugby State Natural Area, which has expanded hiking opportunities around the village, Historic Rugby agreed to raise the funds and pay the difference between the private owner’s selling price and the State’s budgeted funds for purchase of part of the Natural Area that lies between TN 52 and Horseshoe Bend Road. As a result, Historic Rugby incurred a debt of $111,300.00. To date that debt has been reduced to $52,854.00.
Historic Rugby is eager to take advantage of a limited-time pledge from an anonymous donor to match dollar for dollar up to half of the $52,854.00 balance remaining. Thus Historic Rugby has launched a Forest Legacy Campaign to raise $26,427 by March 31 and take full advantage of this pledge.
Retiring this debt is important to Rugby and to the hiking community because the note is secured by a 45 + acre tract that includes the environmentally sensitive Cox Branch tributary and Kellogg’s Crack, a favorite hiking destination.
Please help Historic Rugby take full advantage of the match to retire this debt and retain control over the 45+ acre tract while formalizing a plan to further protect it environmentally and for recreational use of this and future generations. Make your donation by March 31, 2012.
To contribute to the Forest Legacy Campaign, please send checks with the notation “Forest Legacy Campaign” to Historic Rugby, PO Box 8, Rugby, TN 37733; or go to www.historicrugby.org and make your donation on-line. If you donate on-line, please email email@example.com to indicate that you intend your donation to go to the Forest Legacy Campaign.