Doe Mountain Draft Management Plan Released
Public Comment Is Invited
Nashville, TN | May 15, 2014
The Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) and The Nature Conservancy have released the first detailed draft management plan for the Doe Mountain Recreation Area in Johnson County, Tennessee.
The DMRA’s mission is to transform Doe Mountain into a safe, fun, family-oriented, multi-use recreation destination that promotes local economic development while conserving and protecting its beauty, woods, water, and wildlife. The shared vision for Doe Mountain is to develop and promote this scenic recreation area as a top regional destination for hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, off-highway and all-terrain vehicles, and other adventure tourism activities such as zip-lining and shooting sports. With its scenic beauty and large network of existing trails, Doe Mountain has the potential to attract not only local and state visitors but also tourists from Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and beyond. Currently, over 35 miles of roads and trails exist within the Doe Mountain Recreation Area.
“The management plan explores appropriate locations and development methods for different recreation activities at Doe Mountain,” said Gabby Lynch, Nature Conservancy Program Manager. “The plan also includes protective management approaches to preserve the area’s water quality and maintain an intact and healthy forest. Overall, the plan will help the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority make decisions about how to create appropriate recreational opportunities for this beautiful public land.”
The plan discusses two alternative, shorter-term scenarios for recreational development of Doe Mountain; management guidelines for protecting the mountain’s wildlife habitats, vegetation and natural beauty; and detailed studies of Doe Mountain’s biological assets, tourism and recreation potential, and potential users’ preferences for recreational activities. Also included in the plan is a longer-term vision for additional development opportunities that came from a community visioning session held in Mountain City over a five-day period in November 2013.
Doe Mountain, an 8,600-acre public property located near Mountain City, was purchased by The Nature Conservancy and the State of Tennessee in May 2012 to promote ecotourism and recreation in an economically distressed part of the state. The DMRA, a 15-member board, was created by the state to manage Doe Mountain. The authorizing legislation also requires a management plan advised by public participation and led by the DMRA and The Nature Conservancy.
The plan was released on May 6. The public has 30 days to comment to the DMRA about the plan. The plan may be viewed and/or downloaded at: www.doemountain.org/. In addition to the online access, there are hard copies of the draft plan available for viewing (not to be removed) at the Johnson County Mayor’s Office and Johnson County Public Library in Mountain City. Written comments may be submitted to the DMRA Master Plan Committee Chair at email@example.com.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org