History of WMC
- Noah Charney studies natural environment of West Meade, invites neighbors to discuss preserving area.
- First group of volunteers chooses name, creates mission statement.
- Officers from Tennessee Parks and Greenways declare area “conservation worthy,” suggest registry of landowners interested in becoming parts of conservation easement groups.
- Adam Charney builds website for WMC.
- First households sign Landowner Registration Forms.
- District’s Council Representative calls meeting for conservation/preservation officials to learn about WMC.
- Educational and recruiting activities begin (public lectures, plants and animals list, tree identification workshops, handouts, articles, small-group meetings, large public gatherings).
- WMC makes presentation to Metro Greenways Commission.
- Naturalist Bob Brown sends letter of support to WMC.
- Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation features WMC in Annual Report.
- WMC supports Metro Planning Commission’s Sub-Area 7 Plan Amendment protecting wooded hillsides.
- Metro Greenways and The Land Trust for Tennessee offer combined support for WMC’s mission.
- WMC participates in “Growing Together I and II, Environmental Leaders Reception.”
- WMC makes presentation to local realtors.
- The Land Trust for Tennessee agrees to be primary grantee for WMC’s conservation easements and to manage fund to cover easement costs. Metro Greenways agrees to be secondary grantee.
- WMC’s Pilot Easement group formed and approved.
- Participants in West Nashville Community Character meetings identify “West Meade’s wooded hillsides” as feature “to preserve.”
- WMC invited to send representative to focus meeting for Metro/Land Trust for TN Open Spaces Project.
- WMC begins campaign to fund easement groups.
- Donation card, brochure
- Jazz Night
- First Annual Garage Sales Day
- First Annual Family Fun Run
- Children’s book, Noah and the Arc
- West Meade’s woods, place in ecological corridor included in final Davidson County Open Space Plan.
- Volunteer organizational body of WMC restructured to improve focus and efficiency.
- WMC’s children’s book earns publicity and funds [featured in September/October issue of The Tennessee Conservationist; included in Southern Festival of Books; inaugurates Books for School program at Westmeade Elementary School].
- Established fund-raising events continue:
- Second Annual Garage Sales Day.
- Second Annual Family Fun Run.
- Artists Sharon Charney and Anne Williams have exhibit “Purlieu” on the theme of West Meade’s woods at Nashville’s Parthenon.
- Pilot Easement Group is completed.