May, 2020 Newsletter

McCoy Farms is closed until the virus has passed

McCoy Farms is closed until further notice starting the end of the day today, Friday, April 3rd

For the full announcement from the Town of Walden, please see below.


Dear Residents of Walden:

I’d like to take a moment to share with you our latest local response to the Governor’s Executive Stay Home Order NO. 22
regarding COVID-19 in our Community.


With respect to these mandated health orders, Walden Town Hall will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.
The week of April 6th, The Town administrator will be in the office continuing essential operations Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
If you have any questions you may call Town Hall at (423) 886-4362.
Please leave a message if you are unable to reach someone and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Further, there will be no gatherings held at the Walden Town Hall for the month of April.
This includes the previously scheduled April 7th Signal Mountain Genealogical Society Meeting and the April 14th Town Meeting.
Both of these meetings have been cancelled.

Due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, and the Governors orders, the State has advised us to close all unstaffed parks.
This includes:
McCoy Farm and Gardens, Falling Water State Park and Mabbitt Springs.
This will take effect midnight Friday April 3rd until further notice.
We apologize for this inconvenience. We must follow the Governors rules for the safety and well being of our community.
To reiterate, there will be no foot traffic and no parking at these parks until further notice.

In accordance with State of Tennessee’s guidance, the Pumpkin Patch playground will remain closed until further notice.
If you have a planned event, please call Town Hall to obtain a full refund.

As an additional resource for specific coronavirus-related concerns or questions,
please call the Hamilton County Health Department COVID-19 hotline call center at (423) 209-8383.

Your Walden leaders take seriously the responsibility to keep our mountain community as safe as possible,
especially given the acceleration of cases in the county due to community spread.
Be assured the safety and security of our residents, families, staff and visitors remain our highest priority.
Please remember to check on a neighbor or friend that may need assistance.

Together we WILL get through this difficult time and our community will prevail.


Mayor William Trohanis

April, 2020 Newsletter

March, 2020 Newsletter

Weed Wrangle – Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Come and help rescue McCoy Farm & Gardens from non-native invasive plant species on March 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We will work together to remove especially harmful bushes and vines such as privet hedge, kudzu, bittersweet and English ivy. As part of the 3rd year for Weed Wrangle®-Chattanooga, you will be participating in a one-day city-wide volunteer education and weed eradication event.

Wear clothing appropriate for the work and weather and bring gloves and hand clippers or loppers. Meet in the McCoy Farm & Garden gravel parking lot at 9:00 a.m., March 7. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Stone, 886-4568 or Grounds Chairman, Andy Jones 802-6025

Learn how to recognize and remove non-native invasive plant species and how to plan, execute, and maintain restoration of native plant communities. No experience is necessary, since volunteers are supervised by an expert in invasive weed management. To learn more about the movement, go to:

Non-native invasive plants are harmful to our natural ecosystems. They can greatly impact the health and regeneration of forest lands by spreading into the understory of a forest and suppressing native plants and wildlife dependent on them. These species will destroy or replace native food sources, making the ecosystem less diverse and more susceptible to further disturbances, such as disease and fire.

Native plants have extensive root systems that control erosion, moderate floods, filter water to improve water quality, and decrease the amount of water needed for landscape maintenance. Native plants are important for biodiversity and provide food and habitat for pollinators and wildlife. Native plants provide several distinct advantages gained through their evolutionary development in association with the land, climate, fellow native plants, and native wildlife.

Invasive species will take full advantage of disturbed empty space unless other planting are added to fill that space and provide sufficient competition. Removal of non-native species should be followed with the introduction of suitable native plant species chosen for their compatibility with the soil pH, fertility, moisture and amount of sunlight. Without the overwhelming competition from invasives, native plants will have the space, nutrients, water, and sunlight they need to germinate seeds and grow unimpeded.

Homeowners Invasive Plant Primer

State, federal, and private natural resource managers have worked together to reduce populations of non-native invasive plants for years, but often cooperative effort is hampered by boundaries. Even the diligent, intensive control efforts of land managers won’t be successful in the long run, if non-native invasive plants can find refuge on a neighboring property. Only together can we control the spread of non-native invasive plants.

A step-by-step guide from TN-Invasive Plant Council walks homeowners through the process of identifying invasive plants in the residential landscape and helps them select the best solution for effective and lasting control. “Invasive Plant Primer for the Home Landscape: Identify, Control, Replant” outlines the best way to move from a lifeless yard choked with invasive plants to an ecologically functional landscape of diverse native plants supporting area wildlife. Printed copies of the guide are available thanks to the Tennessee Division of Forestry and a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

Non-native invasive plants pose a major threat on a national scale to our native plants. Across the U.S., invasive plants are estimated to occur on 7 million acres of our national parklands, and at least 1.5 million acres are severely infested. In addition to federal lands, state and private lands are also plagued with invasive/non-native plants and have potentially even higher infestation rates. This problem is an expensive one. The economic cost to remove invasive plants is estimated at more than $34 billion per year, and the costs continue to grow.


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