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April 21, 2016

Marjorie Collier, 931.455.4186

Short Springs Natural Area Update


The Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma will meet on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7 pm at the former Red Cross building at 502 S. Jackson St.  Members and interested persons are invited to attend.

The program will be a panel composed of Dennis Horn, Joan Hartvigen, and Marjorie Collier who will give an update on Short Springs State Natural Area.   The preservation of the then city-owned 608.6 acre site was initiated by the Historic Society in 1982 when member Paul Pyle moved that that the area be preserved.  The help of naturalist Dennis Horn and others was enlisted who looked at various alternatives and their efforts resulted in the establishment of Short Springs State Natural Area in 1994. The panel, all of whom are members of the support group Friends of Short Springs, will discuss the beginnings, the significance, political issues and current activities.

Dennis Horn has worked as an engineer at Arnold Center and has been named an AEDC Fellow.  He is widely known as an authority on wildflowers and is co-author of “Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.”  He received a Certificate of Merit from the State Department of Conservation in 2003 for his conservation efforts.  Horn is a charter member of the Tennessee Native Plant Society and Friends of Short Springs.  Joan Hartvigsen is active in the Highland Rim Chapter of Tennessee Trails Association where she has served in various official positions. She is the current president of Friends of Short Springs.  Marjorie Collier is a retired engineer and a charter member of the Historic Society and Friends of Short Springs and has served as president of the Friends group.

Marjorie Collier, editor, has reported that copies of the Historic Society’s 1914-15 publication,” Tullahoma Time-Table” are still available and may be purchased for $10 each at Couch’s Electrical Appliance Store at 117 N. Atlantic St.  The issue features the story of the Dixie Highway, the first paved north-south highway in the country, built mostly between 1915 and 1917 and passed through Tullahoma.