JULY, 2008 VOLUME We would like to bring you up to date on the activities of the Greater Memph over the past three months, and invite you to participate with us in the c GREATER MEMPHIS Memphis Greenline (GMG) over the next years. GREENLINE, INC. Please feel free to pass this newsletter on. 501c(3) The Greater Memphis HISTORY Greenline (GMG) In June, 2004, members of a local nonprofit group, CommonSense, Inc. is a proposed 13- committee to discuss the feasibility of developing the GMG into a hiking/bi mile multi-use urban park/trail on apparent that a new group, dedicated specifically to this project, was called f a former CSX to all the local nonprofit groups which might be interested in promoting railroad right-of- representative to a new Board of Directors. This group met for the first time way from the intersection of then has met at least once per month. Poplar/Walnut Grove/Union in Midtown Memphis ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE to near Houston 501c(3) Levee in the suburbs of Shelby The GMGI has received a 501c(3) from the Federal Government as a publ County. the GMG are tax-deductible. GOVERNMENTAL RECOGNITION We have met with a number of members of local government, and a The Mission of Understanding which will give the GMGI official standing to help develop an Greater Memphis final approval for any development resting with local government), is circula Greenline, Inc. is the City, the County, and the County Conservation Bo to collaborate in a public-private partnership with WEBSITE local government in Our site is www.greatermemphisgreenline.org . It contains a list of our B the development of organizations they represent; pictures of a well established hiking/biking/eq the GMG and other which we hope to emulate here; a section on the advantages of a neighborh unused railway right-of ways and number of references for further reading; a survey which you can fill out ab easements in would like to see in your neighborhood; pictures of an already-establish Memphis and Evergreen neighborhood; and volunteer/donation/contac Shelby County, to create a world- class recreational create a world- class recreational RECENT EVENTS park/hiking-biking trail system. The City of Memphis and Shelby County made a joint offer to CSX for $2 m Contrary to what one reads in the newspapers, this is not the end of negot parties in Memphis interested in acquisition of the right-of-way at a negot assuming that the property will be acquired in the near future, and we hav funding groups to arrange pledges for development and maintenance We have just participated in two Earth Day Events – At Lichterman Natur There will be a Memphis Public Shelby Farms on Sunday, Apr 22. We sincerely appreciate your interest in t Issues forum Sunday, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recently mode between the GMG and CSX. TheJuly 23, at 3:00, at Shelby us, attempting to acquire a rail line from CSX. We a dozen groups, includingFarms Park for the six Mayoral and County We are attempting to develop a comprehensive nationwide negotiating strate hope thatCommission candidates, who will near future. this might break the roadblocks in the respond to efforts to become a We applaud local written questions “Tree City USA.” We have calcula posted on our website, at http://www.greatermemphisgreenline.org/treevalue concerning the environment. We For more information please The GMG, when completed, could add this contact: hope you can participate in an economic value to Memphis and S year in tree value alone. event. first-of-a-kind Robert Schreiber Lastly, CSX has begun removal of its track from just inside I (901) 767-2137 side of Tillman on the west. We have posted pictures on our website. W email@example.com VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4 ctivities of the Greater Memphis Greenline, Inc. (GMGI) u to participate with us in the creation of the Greater ne (GMG) over the next years. to pass this newsletter on. HISTORY fit group, CommonSense, Inc., formed an exploratory oping the GMG into a hiking/biking trail. It soon became ally to this project, was called for. Invitations were issued ght be interested in promoting this project to select a his group met for the first time in August, 2004, and since at least once per month. SHMENTS TO DATE 501c(3) Federal Government as a public charity. All donations to G are tax-deductible. ENTAL RECOGNITION ers of local government, and a draft Memorandum of ial standing to help develop and maintain the GMG (with ith local government), is circulating between and among nd the County Conservation Board. WEBSITE .org . It contains a list of our Board of Directors and the ell established hiking/biking/equestrian trail in Reston, VA the advantages of a neighborhood trail/linear park, with a survey which you can fill out about what type of trail you ictures of an already-established trail in the Vollintine- and volunteer/donation/contact forms CENT EVENTS de a joint offer to CSX for $2 million, which was refused. ers, this is not the end of negotiations between CSX and n of the right-of-way at a negotiated fair price. We are in the near future, and we have begun contacting local development and maintenance, once it is in hand. – At Lichterman Nature Center on Saturday, Apr 21 and at ely appreciate your interest in the GMG. Negotiations continue ils Conservancy recently moderated a conference call among over quire a rail line from CSX. We are not alone in having difficulties. e nationwide negotiating strategy through the Conservancy, and e near future. e City USA.” We have calculated the value of a tree, which is emphisgreenline.org/treevalue.htm . nomic value to Memphis and Shelby County of $6,000,000 per ack from just inside I-240 on the east all the way to the east ed pictures on our website. We hope this is a good omen.