Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve Looks To The Future

1/21/2016 – Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve (RMNP) hosted their 2016 Annual Meeting tonight at their iconic Nature Center. Despite the threat of in climate weather a large crowd attended the event in support of this regional destination and local treasure.

Irondale was well represented at this event with the introduction of new RMNP Executive Director – Carlee Sanford, new President of the Board of Directors – Darryl Washington and Treasurer of the Young Professionals Board – David Spivey. All are Irondale residents.

Irondale resident and new Ruffner Mountain – Executive Director, Carlee Sanford


Carlee Sanford unveiled a new strategic direction for the organization with an emphasis on the original core values of; education, land conservation, recreation and serving as a valuable resource for the community.  According to Sanford,” Ruffner is opening our doors to the community. We want to serve as a hub for local non-profits and organizations that align with our core values.”

New Ruffner Mountain, President of the Board of Directors and Irondale resident – Darryl Washington with Ruffner staff members.
Irondale residents, Terrence Scott, David Spivey and Darryl Washington
Irondale residents, Terrence Scott, David Spivey and Darryl Washington

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve has two trail heads located in Irondale on Ruffner Road.  It has been identified as a key component of the future growth of Irondale in the city’s new comprehensive plan