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Nature Conservancy and Doe Mountain Recreation Authority
Announce Request for Proposals

Qualified planning firm sought for Doe Mountain Management Plan.


Nashville, TN | April 04, 2013

The 8,600-acre Doe Mountain Recreation Area, located near Mountain City in Johnson County, 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. Doe Mountain Recreation Area is now locally managed by the Governor-appointed Doe Mountain Recreation Authority Board. The next step in making Doe Mountain fully accessible to recreation is the development of a land management plan.

The Nature Conservancy and the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority Board announce that they are seeking proposals from qualified environmental or recreational consultants. A consultant or consulting firm will be hired to help develop and complete a comprehensive management plan for Doe Mountain by June 2014.  Proposals and bids are due on Friday, May 10, 2013 by close of business that day.  For complete details, a formal Request for Proposals may be acquired from the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority website, www.doemountain.org, or by contacting Gabrielle K. Lynch, Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, glynch@tnc.org. 

The vision for Doe Mountain is to develop and promote this scenic recreation area as a top regional destination for hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, and off-highway and all-terrain vehicles. 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 Doe Mountain management plan will provide direction and guidance in developing, operating and managing the land and resources in and adjacent to the Doe Mountain Recreation Area.  The management plan will emphasize recreational uses, destination ecotourism and sustainable economic development, while also providing for natural, watershed, cultural and heritage resource conservation and enhancement.  In addition, watershed protection, fire and public safety, prevention of forest fragmentation, and soil erosion control will be achieved.
 


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

Contact information

Paul Kingsbury
Communications Manager
2021 21st Avenue South
Suite C-400
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 383-9909
(615) 383-9717
pkingsbury@tnc.org

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