- promote diversity
- restore native systems
- preserve what is whole
- conserve what is in use
- maintain the ecosystem services that provide better quality to all of life
The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Natural Resource Division works on many projects that meet these needs.
Murfreesboro is set in one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America. OMNR manages natural spaces that reflect this diversity along Murfreesboro's 15 miles of greenway, at Murfree Spring Wetlands, in the 275-acre Barfield Backcountry, at Nickajack/Black Fox Spring, Oakland/Sinking Creek Wetlands, Horseshoe Glade Natural Area at Siegel Park, among other sites.
Projects are underway at Old Fort Park, Murfree Spring Wetlands, and Sinking Creek Wetlands at Oaklands Park, where we are replacing exotic invasive plants with locally native (indigenous) species, providing habitat for pollinators, and working to capture trash before it washes into the wetlands.
Murfreesboro is nestled in the heart of Middle Tennessee in the physiographic region known as the Central Basin - one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the United States. The climate and other natural forces working over millions of years on the underlying limestone karst geology of the Central Basin have produced an ecosystem that supports a vast variety of plant and animal life, and a number of species that live here are found nowhere else in the world!
Murfreesboro's Natural Resource Division offers many volunteer activities in the great outdoors throughout the year. Come help us care for Murfreesboro's wonderful natural setting, get some fresh air, and meet others who share your enthusiasm for nature.
Civic groups, individuals, non-profits, and other branches of Murfreesboro City government are working independently and collaboratively to care for the city's natural setting and systems. Learn more about what they're doing, and see what aligns with your interests. "Many hands make light work."