Sue and Bon Kuehlthau who are Huntsville residents have donated 248 acres to Land Trust of North Alabama. They also donated the original 122 acres in South Huntsville that created the preserve in 2016, including the incredibly popular Alum Hollow Trail.
That way they expanded Green Mountain Nature Preserve and they are sharing the land with the whole community.
Bob Kuehlthau said:
“Sue and I are grateful for the opportunity to help preserve more of the beautiful woodland of Green Mountain. Since my first hike in the area in 1969 I have loved the mountain’s trees and rocky slopes so close to downtown Huntsville. The Land Trust and its many volunteers have done a wonderful job laying out and constructing trails making this natural area accessible. It makes us happy to expand the Trust’s Green Mountain Nature Preserve with this adjoining acreage.”
The 248 acre property adjoins the southern border of the existing Land Trust preserve. This steeply sloped woodland is primarily populated with a mix of oak, hickory, and pine. There are several large creeks, deep hollows, and rolling hills, as well as, several caves and pits according to the National Speleological Society. Existing trails on the property include Talus Trail, Three Sisters Loop, and Gibson Trail. This area also provides an important piece of the Land Trust’s River to Gap Vision to establish a natural corridor connecting Blevins Gap to the Tennessee River.
Executive Director of Land Trust of North Alabama Marie Bostick said:
“The Kuehlthau’s generosity and foresight will make it possible to protect disappearing habitat and provide sanctuary for wildlife as well as people. Conservation of these natural spaces becomes more important and more difficult as our community grows so we’re incredibly grateful for their gift.”