About Us

Rolling farmland. Historic landscapes. Urban green space. Scenic trails. Natural habitats. They’re all part of the fabric of our state.


Accreditation SealAn accredited, statewide not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1999, the people of Land Trust for Tennessee are driven to protect public and private land to benefit all Tennesseans now and for generations to come. We know that if we don’t conserve and care for our treasured places, we will never get them back.

We strive to balance growth by protecting lands for the aesthetic, environmental and economic benefit of Tennessee. We work with communities and landowners so you and your family have places to bike, hike, fish, farm, play and breathe deeply…forever.


Our work often involves the donation of conservation easements, which allow people to continue to own their land while placing limits on its development.

We also purchase or accept donations of land to be protected. We work with communities and partner organizations to develop strategic conservation plans and to raise funds for land protection. And we serve as stewards of protected lands, ensuring that conservation agreements are respected.

Get a full Community Report 2016
or the Project Map: Overview 1999-2015

Our work focuses on:

ltt-icon-04Historic Land– 58% of adult travelers include an historic activity on their trip. Conserving historic lands protects the context of historic structures and sites while safeguarding our rich history for future generations.

ltt-icon-03Working Farms– 41% of Tennessee’s acreage is farmland. Conserving farms promotes a major industry in Tennessee and preserves landscapes that distinguish our state.

ltt-icon-01Recreational/Scenic Landscapes– Conserving our natural resources and open spaces is essential for protecting our clean water, air and places to hunt, fish and play. Outdoor recreation and open natural space are vital to the physical and emotional health of the community.

ltt-icon-06Water Protection –  Land bordering our rivers, lakes and streams filters pollution before it reaches our drinking water. If we do not remove the pollutants that our society puts into the air and water, we consume them ourselves.

ltt-icon-05Urban Open Space – 50% of homebuyers would be willing to pay more than 10% extra for a house near a park or protected open space. Protecting and creating green space in urban areas enhance the quality of life, public health and foster a sense of place.

ltt-icon-02Wildlife Habitat – Protecting habitats is especially critical for Tennessee, one of the most biodiverse states in the country.

Our tool box includes:

Conservation Easements
Land purchases with community partners

Donations of Land
Stewardship of protected lands

How does this affect you?

The Land Trust protects Tennessee land for you and your family to have places to bike, hike, fish, farm, eat locally, play, relax, be healthy and breathe deeply… forever.

Generous donations, gifts of land and the tireless work of our volunteers all play critical roles in achieving our mission. Thank you for your support.

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