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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bison on the Atlanta Beltline?

Why yes, I have heard of the Atlanta Beltline. Why do you ask?
If you haven't participated in one of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership's bus tours of the 22-mile smart-growth project, you really should. it's the best way to experience the Beltline next to walking the loop yourself. Jared Green at the American Society of Landscape Architects' "The Dirt" blog yesterday recapped a recent Beltline tour and, in addition to some observations and updates about the project, noted that planners were considering temporarily adding some wildlife along the corridor in northwest Atlanta:

One exciting park will be appearing soon at the Bellwood Quarry, an old quarry that the city bought in 2006. There will rise a new reservoir, the focal point of the new Westside Reservoir Park. In a unique partnership with the city's department of watershed management and parks department, the Beltline will develop the park around the reservoir while the city will ensure the security and safety of the water supply. Harrop also told us that a herd of American bison, which are actually native to the area, may be imported and be used to organically amend the soils. The Beltline crew likes to set herbivores on their plant problems: goats were recently let loose on kudzu in other areas and sheep on poison ivy in others.

Something tells us Ted Turner will be involved. Which is to say we hope Ted Turner is involved.

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