Ruffner Mountain’s popular Irondale-Ruffner Trailhead will continue to remain open

Ruffner staff and volunteers working on the Old Irondale trailhead – photo provided by Ruffner Mountain

Ruffner Mountain posted on the their website and on Facebook this week, the latest news about the injunction keeping open the popular Irondale-Ruffner Road Trailhead.

According to the post:

“By order of preliminary injunction, the gate at the trailhead will remain open to allow for full access to the Preserve by the public until further order of the Court. The Court recognized that this trailhead has long served as one of the primary access points to the Mountain, including the point of entry for local emergency and fire departments.”


The injunction also prohibits all cutting and removing of trees and other flora on the property and forbids disturbing wildlife, trails or any action that would harm or change the character of the property.

The Ruffner Mountain post concluded:

“The Court reached its decision after a two-day hearing where counsel for both sides took the testimony of four witnesses and entered more than a dozen exhibits. The Court determined that Ruffner has a reasonable legal claim to ownership of, or an easement over, the disputed property under Alabama law due its use by the public as a trailhead for more than 20 years.”


This is good news for supporters of Ruffner Mountain and nature lovers.

Read the entire  update about the injunction on the Ruffner Mountain website.

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.