Lula Lake Land Trust Lands New Executive Director


Mike Pollock tapped as new leader

Lookout Mountain, GA July 1, 2015 — The Lula Lake Land Trust has tapped long-standing board member Michael Pollock to be its new Executive Director. Following an exhaustive national search dating back to November 2014, a transition committee of eight board members and community leaders chose Mr. Pollock to replace the outgoing director Katherine Eddins of the Georgia Land Trust who has served in the role for ten years.

 Rock/Creek's race director Brian Costilow runs past Lula Falls.

Rock/Creek's race director Brian Costilow runs past Lula Falls.

Mr. Pollock served in a voluntary capacity as the project manager for Cloudland Connector Trail system since 2009, when the initial Long Branch section was nearly completed. He worked closely with three local foundations and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources leaders, helping to manage a team of Lula Lake staff while creating valuable partnerships with the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, Wild Trails, and Rock/Creek. Pollock is an avid outdoorsman with hobbies too numerous to mention.

Chairman of the Board, Brad Cobb pointed out that, “Although he (Pollock) would never admit it, without his leadership, we would not have one of Chattanooga’s most prized mountain biking areas, 5 Points. The trails there are nationally recognized, and now host our annual 5 Points 50 Mountain Bike Challenge during the River Rocks Festival.”

Answering questions about his readiness for this new position, Pollock says, “I’ve been an advocate of conservation and recreation on Lookout Mountain since I moved here in 1976 and been involved with Lula Lake dating back to 1997. As a teenager I learned to love the land while swimming, fishing, and exploring Lula Lake - I was once kidnapped there, but we’ll save that story for another day.”

 Mike Pollock joins Lula Lake Land Trust as its new Executive Director.

Mike Pollock joins Lula Lake Land Trust as its new Executive Director.

Mr. Pollock began his career working for Rock/Creek and The Adventure Guild in 1992. He and two partners later purchased The Adventure Guild. The outdoor experiential education company was sold in 2004. He then founded RedPoint Management, a human resources development firm providing team development and performance coaching services. Mr. Pollock’s new role officially begins July 1, 2015.

“Connectivity is one our greatest allies”, Pollock recently stated. “The moment we began building the Cloudland Connector Trail, people to the north, south and east were contacting us to try to make connections to this trail system - and they will happen in time - but for now, I’m focused on relational development, maintenance and access to the core property, and building strong connections with all of our local conservation and recreation organizations. I want us (LLLT) to play a vital role in perpetuating Chattanooga’s #1 ranking as Outside Magazine’s best outdoor town.”

About the Lula Lake Land Trust -

The Lula Lake Land Trust was established by the will of Robert M. Davenport in January of 1994. The LLLT preserves the natural and historic landscapes surrounding the Rock Creek and Bear Creek watersheds through conservation, education, and low impact recreation. By his untimely death in 1994, Mr. Davenport had acquired over 1,200 acres around Lula Lake. Since then, the Land Trust has increased protection within the watersheds to over 8,000 acres. Lula Lake spearheaded the development of the recently completed Cloudland Connector Trail System, a 60 mile network of biking, hiking and equestrian trails connecting Lula Lake to Cloudland Canyon State Park.

About Mike Pollock -