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Trees at Fort Negley

November 30, 2016

We are very much aware of the concerns people may have regarding the loss of trees at Fort Negley. We want to assure people that the clearing of the hillside surrounding the Fort Negley structure is part of the long-term management strategy that was recommended in the Fort Negley Master plans of 1996, 2007 and the 2014 Historic Structures Report.;

The selective clearing of vegetation on approximately 11 acres at the base of the fort is intended to:

  • Return the fort and surrounding historic remnants to a landscape condition that is appropriate for the historic context. 
  • Slow the deterioration and failure of the fort structures and surrounding historic features caused by the uncontrolled growth and spread of exotic invasive vegetation
  • Visually expose the historic fort structure and views, providing better and safer public access to the important educational and heritage site

In our efforts to be good stewards of the nearly 16,000 acres of land and 8,262 acres of tree canopy that we manage, we sometimes fail to communicate with all our stakeholders. This is one of those times. With that being said, it is our plan to plant evergreens and other native species on the hillside surrounding the Fort and throughout the park.

Ultimately, this will result in more trees planted than were lost and the restoration of the fort’s historic viewsheds. This work along with the planned stonework restoration will result in an improved visitor experience that helps tell the story of one of Nashville’s most important Civil War and African-American heritage sites.”