Tennessee Heartwood Builds Interpretive Trail Signs for Stringer's Ridge-Come and Learn Your Native Trees!
Thanks to our summer fundraiser (selling beer at Riverbend), Stringer's Ridge, Chattanooga's 100 acre urban forest, has a system of native tree ID signs. Tennessee Heartwood and the 10th graders at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences have been partnering with the Friends of Stringers Ridge and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust to make this possible. Our project began a year ago when we surveyed the trails for good examples of 25 native tree species. We chose the south side of the park due to its varied habitats. After IDing some good candidates, we got the help of botanist Jay Clark, author of Wildflowers of Pigeon Mountain to confirm our selections. Following our summer fundraiser we ordered our signs, each which gives the common name, genus/species, and family. The students came out to help install them this fall during their annual day of service. We were joined by Sarah Quattrochi from the TRGT and Reba Miller from the FOSG. We appreciate everyone's help. Get out and visit Stringer's!