Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Consolation Prize

I've been corresponding with Brian Carter over at the Zoo regarding the backside of Teton Trek.

Dear Mr. Carter,

I visited Teton Trek a couple of weeks ago and thought that the forest backdrop was breathtaking. In fact, from most of the exhibit, you can't even tell that there is a road behind there. However, yesterday while hiking through the forest and walking down the road, I was very disappointed to see that the area behind the exhibit is extremely unattractive. (See attached photo.) It definitely ruins the feeling of "getting away from it all" that many people like myself seek out in the old forest.

Do you have plans to clean up this area and/or plant a tree screen? It would mean a lot to the surrounding neighborhoods and regular users of the forest.

Thanks for your quick response,
Stacey Greenberg
Citizens to Protect Overton Park

In response:

Hello Ms. Greenberg:

Thank you for your email. By early December, the Zoo will have completed all substantial construction on Teton Trek. Plantings and a new shade cloth along the Zoo's perimeter fence that faces the park road are a part of the outstanding projects and are scheduled to be completed by this date.


Brian Carter
Memphis Zoo