The following Murfreesboro TTA Chapter Members were in attendance at this truly historic event: Martin McCullough, Fount and Anna Bertram, Ann Jacobs, Frank Fly, George Thomson, and Jim Schroeder. It was also noted that Bill and Sue Eldridge of the Plateau TTA Chapter were in attendance. The event was witnessed by estimated crowd in excess of 150 enthusiastic supporters. The setting aside of these lands was the completion of a six year effort by Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation and Cannon County Conservationist Neal Applebaum in cooperation with TWRA and various other state and federal agencies. The deeding of federally confiscated lands to a state agency required overcoming many obstacles, including “we don’t do it that way”, “we haven’t done it this way before” , “it’s not our normal procedure”, etc. It was only through the diligent persistence of Mr. Applebaum that ways were found to surmount these roadblocks.
Various speakers highlighted that this was 134th WMA in the state, that Short Mountain was source of the headwaters for three major Tennessee streams: The Stones River, the Caney Fork, and Collins River, That many species of flora and fauna, some which are endangered, were at home on the mountain, and that this land is most certainly worthy of conservation efforts.