HCP Spotlight: Everett Bolin, Crab Orchard District Manager3In March, Teresa Payne and Samantha Wyatt interviewedEverett Bolin, General Manager of Crab Orchard UtilityDistrict. See below for a synopsis of their conversation.Q1: What is your involvement in the HCP?A1: I am a representative of the utility districts serving on the HCPSteering Committee and Outreach Team to give input and to see howthe HCP will affect the utility districts. I have been involved since thebeginning of the project.Everett Bolin (above)Q2: Why do you support the HCP?A2: I believe it will save the utility districts time and money because we currently have to do a study for everyproject. With the HCP, we will have a lot of information already and know what to expect from the beginning ofeach project. I believe the benefits will be the same for developers and landowners, and projects will less likelybe stopped or held up when in compliance with the HCP.Q3: How do you think the HCP will benefit the City of Crossville and Cumberland County?A3: The HCP will help the community prepare for its growth and plan for its infrastructure.Q4: What else would you like others to know about the HCP?A4: I would like for the public to be made aware of the benefits of the HCP, including how it can help our communityand the assurances it will give us for 30 years.Did you know?CHCP staff have used the latest scientific data to determine the location of rareand endangered species within the CHCP Project Area. Using this information,CHCP staff can estimate the amount of species habitat that may be impacted. Soyou may be asking yourself, “Where does the latest scientific data come from?”The data was retrieved from the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) database,which contains observational data collected by state and federally-sanctionedresearchers. Observational data within SWAP has been ground-truthed, whichmeans that someone has actually visited and confirmed species occurrence ateach observation point. This data incorporates both historic and recent observations,ranging from 1915 to 2010. Over 50% of observations were made from2005 to 2010 due to more intense monitoring efforts. In an effort to use themost up-to-date data, the CHCP take model was designed to place more emphasis on the most recent observations. Tofurther strengthen the viability of the model, species experts have also been asked to review the results of the model.Scientifically-sound data provides the best assurance of model accuracy and associated results. Utilizing the latest scientificinformation will benefit planning for future growth, because it allows us to more accurately direct our efforts at the mostimportant areas within the CHCP Project Area.
Private Property Rights and the CHCP 4Shelley MillerAs the blossoms and buds of spring emerge and wildlife shakes offthe chill of winter, it is easy to understand why Tennessee isconsidered one of the most beautiful states in the country. AsTennesseans, we are raised with the great outdoors at our fingertips.Whether it is bird watching from our back porches, hiking inour parks, or planting and harvesting food for our tables, anappreciation of nature and all that it has to offer is a mainstay ofTennessee culture.According to the Tennessee WildlifeResources Agency (TWRA), over 90% of Tennessee land isprivately owned. 1 What this means is that all Tennesseans play amajor role in keeping our state beautiful and functioning properly not only for ourselves but for otherinhabitants and future generations as well. It also tells us that private property rights are paramount to ourculture and our livelihood.Private property rights can be organized into the following categories:The right to use the landThe right to earn income from the landThe right to transfer land to othersThe right to enforce property rights on the landPrivate property rights are an important component of the rural community of Crossville, TN and CumberlandCounty. For many Plateau residents, owning land is not just a way to set up residence or to make money, but itis a way of life. Members of the community may be concerned that private land ownership and associatedprivate property rights will be compromised as our community grows. This is a common concern, and theCumberland Habitat Conservation Plan (CHCP) is sensitive to these issues.The Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan is a voluntary planthat does not compromise private property rights. As part of thePlan, residents and developers may choose to participate in theCHCP to receive coverage under the regional Incidental TakePermit (ITP) to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Duringthe application process, applicants will be able to choose from avariety of options to suit their specific project needs as well asbetter define actual development costs.Private landowners may also be concerned that eminent domainwill be used to take portions of their land for conservation. Eminent domain will not be used to secureendangered species habitat as part of the CHCP. In summary, private property rights are important to ourcommunity, our state, and to the CHCP. For this reason, the CHCP has been designed as a voluntary program.1 Gudlin, Mark. "The Public Interest in Private Lands: Why It Benefits Tennessee’s Wildlife and Sportsmen to Invest in Private Lands Habitat." Tennessee WildlifeResources Agency, 09 Dec 2011. Web. 11 Mar 2013. .
Partners- Alliance for the Cumberlands- City of Crossville- Crab Orchard Utility District- Cumberland County- Cumberland Co. Soil Conservation District- ECE Services- Emory River Watershed Association- Fields Engineering- Home Builders Association of CumberlandCounty- National Park Service (Obed Wild and ScenicRiver and Big South Fork National River andRecreation Area)- Obed Watershed Community Association- Plateau Properties- Tennessee Department of Economic andCommunity Development- Tennessee Department of Environment andConservation- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency- Tennessee Tech University- The Nature Conservancy- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service- University of Tennessee- Volunteer Energy CooperativeCHCP StaffCore StaffKatherine Medlock: Project DirectorChris Burcher, PhD: Science CoordinatorTeresa Payne: Project & Outreach ManagerShelley Miller: Environmental Outreach AssistantDaniel Reed, PhD: Conservation Planning AssistantSamantha Wyatt: Outreach and Technical AssistantChuck Sutherland: GIS SpecialistBrianna Zuber: Research AssistantSupporting StaffHayden Mattingly, PhD: Science AdvisorDave Ostermeier, PhD: Project AdvisorPaul Kingsbury: Technical WriterUpcoming Events and MeetingsMay 9 th :May 16 th :Mayor’s Sustainability FairSteering Committee Meeting1-4 PM, City HallMay 18th:Pleasant Hill Town Festival