Vine Cedar Glade Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area
Vine Cedar Glade is a 35-acre natural area in Wilson County approximately 12 miles south of Lebanon. It is part of Cedars of Lebanon State Forest and is managed by the Division of Forestry. Vine is named for a nearby community. It is near the southeast edge of the state forest and is located at the end of a gravel road. It is a harsh glade environment where limestone outcropping is prevalent. It is significant because it supports a large population of Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis), which was delisted as a federally endangered species in September 2011.
The coneflower occurs here in two small glades separated by a small block of cedar-hardwood forest. This area requires very little management and the coneflower habitat remains open largely because of extreme edaphic conditions influenced by frequent drought that is associated with limestone outcropping and very shallow soil. It does not have the same management needs as other coneflower populations that occur in the deeper soils where more woody encroachment occurs. Woody encroachment often requires management using prescribed fire. Much of the 35-acre natural area is surrounded by stunted cedar-hardwood forest.
This population represents one of four populations in public ownership protected as a state natural area. Seeds from the population on private land have been collected, propagated and introduced in suitable glade and barrens habitat at other state natural areas in Middle Tennessee. Tennessee coneflower was one of the very first species listed by USFWS in the early 1970's and its protection, recovery, and delisting represents a true success story and case study of how the Endangered Species Act is protecting rare species.
Division of Forestry, Cedar Forest Road, Lebanon, Tennessee 37090, phone (615)-443-2768. Division of Natural Areas, William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor, Nashville, TN 37243 phone (615) 532-0431.
Open to the public though no public access is provided.
From Nashville go east on I-40 to I-840 and go south to the Couchville Pike exit. Go east on Vesta Rd. four and a half miles to Highway 231. Turn right and go south for one and a half miles and then turn left onto Mulberry Lane. Vine is at the end of the Mulberry Lane.
Details & Map
- Map to Vine Cedar Glade
- Owned by the State of Tennessee
- Vine 7.5-minute quadrangle
- Central Basin Physiographic Province
- Designated in 2000