Acquired in 2005, what was once a cattle pasture has been actively restored to floodplain forests grasslands, which are critical, but declining habitats in the Tennessee Valley. with the re-introduction of native grasses and hardwoods, as well as the restoration of Cole Springs Branch to its original path, many animals are returning to the preserve. It is a favorite spot on the North Alabama Birding Trail.
Why TNC Selected this Site
With over a mile and half of Paint Rock River frontage, the Whitaker Preserve is a key component in the Conservancy's effort to preserve and restore as much of the Paint Rock River watershed as possible. It is also an ideal site on which to restore some of the original floodplain forests (which had been cleared for agricultural purposes).
What TNC is Doing
This site is being actively managed through prescribed fires, re-introduction of native species of grasses and trees, and controlling invasive species of plants. Not long after the site was acquired, the Conservancy returned Cole Springs Branch to its original path, and is now working with residents in the surrounding community to remove low-water crossings, restore stream banks and additional floodplain forests that inhibit migration of species through its waters.