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By JUDY UNDERWOOD
Morgan County News Editor
Morgan County Commissioners voted Monday night to ask the State to name some newly acquired lands near Frozen Head State Park in memory of Donald Todd.
Todd was a noted local historian and was known for being a conservationist long before it was cool. He worked tirelessly to preserve the lands at Frozen Head and spearheaded the effort to have a portion of those lands protected as a natural area.
The commissioners approved a resolution that will now be passed on to the State General Assembly to name the tract acquired from The Forestland Group the “Emory River/Donald Todd Tract.”
Commissioner Lucy Freytag was the only commissioner who voiced any concern about passing the resolution. Freytag said there are lots of folks in the area who would like to see Frozen Head State Park more fully utilized but the development cannot take place because the lands are protected. “We have Mr. Todd to thank for that.”
Other commissioners, like Paul Scarbrough, applaud Todd for his effort to protect and preserve the natural beauty of Morgan County.
Todd also served as county historian for a number of years and spent his adult life working with youth as a teacher and scout leader. Morgan County News also selected Todd to receive its 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to the resolution all existing place names located within the tract will remain unchanged by the designation.
The request will now be sent on to State Rep. John Mark Windle and Sen. Tommy Kilby to gain their support and sponsorship in the State General Assembly.
The state legislature must approve a resolution making the designation before Todd’s name can be added. No time frame was given on when the county’s resolution will be passed on to the state.