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Changes to the Lucius Burch Natural Area Management Plan
The first letter was written by Ollar Fuller, a Nesbit family friend. It introduced the second letter from Richard Estes, Mrs. Nesbit's cousin. Mr Estes is a wildlife biologist with a PhD in zoology. He was a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution at the time and worked for several wildlife preservation organizations. Both letters speak to the family's intent that the property be subject to minimal development to stay in as natural condition as possible.
Letters written about Nesbit Park (named Bartlett Park at the time) to the Shelby County Conservation Board about the Nesbit family's intention that the property be preserved in a natural condition. Bartlett Parks and Recreation also should honor the Nesbit's wishes.
Preserving Nesbit Park (Stanky Creek)
An article from the long gone Sports Page monthly magazine about the Wolf River Trails. This article covers the history of the trails from their original construction to around 1995 just before the bicycle ban started.
This is an old scan so some parts are a little difficult to read.
This set of trail bridge designs was on the IMBA web site for a long time, but cannot be found there now. These designs were drawn by an engineer with specific load goals. If built according to the plans these are sturdy long lasting bridges.
For the first time since 1996, it is fully legal for bicycles to use the all of the Wolf River Trails in the Lucius Burch Natural Area (LBNA) in Shelby Farms Park. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) updated the management rules for natural areas in 2013. This update includes a bicycle exception that seemed to be written just for Shelby Farms Park. The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy requested to put the exception in place in 2014. The exception was approved by TDEC in 2015. This is the result of MSTA working with Shelby Farms Park for many years to change their attitude about mountain bikes. The complete state documentation is below.