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Private groups hoping to buy unique waterfall

August 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM

The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two private organizations are hoping to buy a unique waterfall on the state’s behalf and preserve it from future development.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has committed $300,000 to the purchase of Virgin Falls State Natural Area, and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation has raised $85,675. The project also is expected to receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a grant that protects lands that provide critical habitat for federally listed endangered species.

Virgin Falls is privately owned and leased by the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Division of Natural Areas employee David Lincicome told The Knoxville News Sentinel (bit.ly/Rd7yrd) the area is recreationally and ecologically important.

Among the species found at the falls are the Indiana bat and a rare fish called the bluemask darter.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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