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Man seeks to preserve Sequatchie Valley farmland

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Erich Woerner stood atop Lewis Chapel Mountain on Friday overlooking the patchwork of green farmland in the Sequatchie Valley below.

"It's being sold off in lots. It may not seem like it, but there are far more houses now than there were 50 years ago -- or 20 years ago," the 86-year-old Woerner said.

Woerner's own farm sits at the base of the mountain. Since he and his late wife, Else Woerner, moved to the valley in 1966, he's seen many of his neighbors sell their farmland piece by piece. He could have done the same -- for a big profit. But that's not what Woerner wanted.

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