Cummins Falls in Jackson County will become a state “natural area.” The State Building Commission approved the purchase Monday.
The natural waterfall north of Cookeville had been held by private owners until last year. Then conservation groups scrambled to find funding. The state’s half a million dollars is the final piece of a $1.4 million transaction.
State Comptroller Justin Wilson is a members of the State Building Commission. He’s also a former commissioner of environment and a fan of the waterfalls.
“I’m very familiar with the area. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a beautiful falls.”
As a “natural area,” Cummins Falls will be maintained in a primitive state, without the usual development to be opened as a park. Kathleen Williams of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation says there are plans for two rangers to be assigned to the area.
The 221 acre property will cost abouit $1.4 million, financed so:
$550,000 the state, 2011 State Land Acquisition Funds
$435,000 Land & Water Conservation Fund
$349,127 Tennessee Parks & Greenway Foundation (25 adjacent acres)
$100,000 TWRA federal grant
$ 50,000 The Nature Conservancy
WPLN’s previous story on the falls:
Individuals Buy Time for Cummins Falls at Auction