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Published on November 3rd, 2015 |

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Blue Heron Nature Preserve celebrates 15 years, new master plan

In the waning days of October, Buckhead’s Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, celebrated two milestones—its 15th Birthday and the unveiling of a new master plan to guide the Blue Heron 1future growth and direction of the 30-acre urban greenspace.

Nancy Jones, the preserve’s executive director, told the crowd of neighbors and supporters, “From our original seven acres, we’ve now stitched together 30 adjacent acres – and we’re still stitching.”

Part of the natural trails through the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Part of the natural trails through the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

The master plan, created by TSW, uses a light-handed approach, avoiding paved trails while clearly envisioning a connected network of soft surfaced trails that will connect the entire 30 acres.

Named Beaver Tail Trail, new additions will easily connect to Sarah Smith Elementary School, easements between homeowners and eventually tie into the new PATH400 greenway trail, the

Blue Heron Nature Preserve Executive Director Nancy Jones shows a map of how the new acreage works to tie-in to other trails.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve Executive Director Nancy Jones shows a map of how the new acreage works to tie-in to other trails.

Atlanta BeltLine and extend to Chastain Park.

“Our vision is to expand Blue Heron well beyond our own boundaries by connecting our trails to existing ones around us,” Jones said.

A three-year strategic plan will soon be finalized to determine which of the Top 20 priority elements of the master plan will be built first, always relying on private, tax-deductible donations. The land is owned by the city of Atlanta and managed by the preserve’s staff and board.

To view the master plan report, visit http://bit.ly/1jWeSOE.

And, by the way, 2015 is the very first year that Blue Heron Nature Preserve will be participating in Georgia Gives Day hosted annually by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Georgia Gives Day sparks a giving movement across the state for more than 2,000 Georgia-based nonprofits.

On Nov. 12, Georgians will have a 24-hour period to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits they care about.

Each day on the Blue Heron Facebook page until the launch of our Georgia Gives Day page, the nature preserve will post a photo of a friend of BHNP showing why they care about Blue Heron.

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