Chunky Gal Tract
A collaboration between public and private partners succeeded in conserving a parcel of pristine mountain land in the Shooting Creek headwaters by bringing a 53-acre tract into the National Forest system. Mainspring purchased the land in 2009 and held it until the Forest Service had acquisition funds available. The Conservation Fund’s revolving loan fund provided a short-term loan for Mainspring to acquire the land. The tract lies on the ridgeline of the Chunky Gal Mountains, which provide a source of beauty for motorists, hikers, hunters, and fishermen. The Chunky Gal Trail follows the property boundary along the ridge and connects the Rim Trail and the Appalachian Trail.