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Blog. Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Update from Across the State: 2017 Monitoring Season

As this “monitoring season” winds to a close, The Land Trust for Tennessee Stewardship Director Sarah O’Rear explains the importance of the visits, the personal connections that are made along the way, and her favorite experiences across the state.

Blog. Monday, February 13, 2017

Letters to The Land from The Land Trust

At The Land Trust for Tennessee, we are fortunate to partner with landowners and organizations statewide to protect the land that we love. As the February air begins to hint at spring on this Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing a collection of letters of admiration for the land and reflecting upon our past experiences that inspire our work. “My first feelings of …

Blog. Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Leiper's Creek Road, Natchez Trace

Make Your Gift Tax-Savvy

The Land Trust for Tennessee is inspired to not just achieve but to surpass its goals for saving land, community engagement, stewardship and organizational strength. Your financial gift can support this mission and offer you money-saving opportunities come tax time. Make a Gift of Appreciated Securities Did you know that you can transfer appreciated stocks, bonds or …

Blog. Monday, October 03, 2016

Once in a Blue Moon 2016 at Glen Leven Farm

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Once in a Blue Moon on Saturday, October 1st, to celebrate conservation across Tennessee! It was a beautiful autumn night at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm. Enjoy a sampling of photos from the evening below. For media inquiries, please contact Sharayah Winkler. Click here for the …

Blog. Monday, September 26, 2016

Eat Green for Tennessee 2016

THANK YOU to all participating eateries, diners and sponsors for making the fourth annual EAT GREEN FOR TENNESSEE a success! The Land Trust’s mission is to protect all of Tennessee’s landscapes so your family will have places to farm, fish, hike, bike, eat locally, relax and breathe deeply forever. Eat Green for Tennessee benefits The Land …

Blog. Thursday, August 25, 2016

National Honey Bee Day Celebration at Glen Leven Farm

Thank you to all who participated in our first-ever National Honey Bee Day Celebration! Despite the occasional rain shower, the day was a great success in celebrating honey bees and raising awareness for the importance of conservation. Highlights of the day included: Guided tours of the Glen Leven Honey Bee Sanctuary Sampling of Glen Leven …

Blog. Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Boots on the Ground: A Forever Commitment

By Robert Brandt I was worried. I’d served on The Land Trust Board of Directors since its founding in 1999, and in May 2015, I was rotating off the board. My involvement had been so intense and such a major part of my identity that I worried a cavernous hole would open in my life. …

Blog. Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Volunteer Day: Time-Lapse Video of Graffiti Removal

The Land Trust for Tennessee, working with the Southeast Climbers Coalition, the Town of Signal Mountain and the Signal Mountain Parks Board, gathered over 30 volunteers, ranging in age from four to 80, for our seasonal volunteer day on Saturday, January 16th. Volunteers spent the day along a portion of The Cumberland Trail State Park, working to …

Blog. Friday, January 15, 2016

New Addition to the Glen Leven Farm Bee Sanctuary!

Thanks to a grant from the Honeybee Conservancy, this spring Glen Leven Farm will be adding two new varieties of bees to our thriving Bee Sanctuary! Utilizing this generous grant, Glen Leven has acquired a “Bee Cottage” that contains nesting space for two types of solitary bees: mason bees and leaf-cutter bees. While honey bees produce …

Blog. Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Congress Passes Permanent Enhanced Tax Incentive Bill Supporting Land Conservation

Congress Passes Major Conservation Legislation to Benefit all Tennesseans Nashville, Tenn.  (Dec. 18, 2015) – The Land Trust for Tennessee, a state-wide nonprofit land conservation organization, today praised a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation. Farmers, landowners and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages …

Blog. Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jean C. Nelson Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets) “We create wonderful places by giving them our attention.” -David Haskell (The Forest Unseen) October 16, 2015 – Jean C. Nelson, founder of …

Blog. Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Glen Leven Farm Honey

BUY LOCAL HONEY TO SUPPORT LAND CONSERVATION:  The Land Trust for Tennessee’s raw local honey is produced by hard-working, free-range honeybees from the nectar of native plants and wildflower’s at our Glen Leven Farm and is harvested by volunteer beekeeper, Matt Slocum.  

Blog. Thursday, September 24, 2015

TasteBUDS Magazine features The Land Trust’s Joel Houser

Chattanooga’s TasteBUDS Magazine asked The Land Trust’s Southeast Conservation Director, Joel Houser, to write an article on something he’s passionate about… the importance of protecting local farmland and how it relates to something we can all connect with… the food we eat. You may not own a large piece of property that you can protect, …

Blog. Tuesday, September 01, 2015

John Early Family Day 2015: Photos

The John Early Middle School mission statement: To instill lifelong learning by building an educational foundation through exploration, technology, and discovery. We will accomplish this through collaborative partnerships with parent and community stakeholders. The Land Trust is proud to work with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and John Early and Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Schools to make outdoor …

Blog. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Making Nashville Greener – Beaman Park Expansion

Nashville’s Beaman Park would expand by 568 acres under a deal to purchase private land that Metro is close to finalizing. [Read the FULL ARTICLE IN THE TENNESSEAN from July 28, 2015] The Land Trust for Tennessee, through Jeanie Nelson and other staff members’ sustained work with landowner Harris Gilbert and his family, facilitated Metro’s placing an …

Blog. Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Land Trust President Jeanie Nelson Passes the Torch to Liz McLaurin

THE LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE CEO JEANIE NELSON TO RETIRE MAY 2016 Transition Plan and Additional Staffing Announcements Made Nashville, Tenn. (April 15, 2015) – The Land Trust for Tennessee, a statewide nonprofit conservation organization that preserves Tennessee’s public and private landscapes and their natural, agricultural and historic values, announced today that founding CEO and …

Blog. Friday, June 19, 2015

Mayoral Forum on Land and Water Conservation Videos

How will the “It City” — the booming entrepreneurial, tourism and music hub that is Nashville – continue its astonishing growth and yet not lose its leafy green soul in the process? That is a central question the city’s eight mayoral candidates contemplate in this public “Land and Water Conservation Forum.”   The forum is …

Blog. Friday, June 19, 2015

Heroic Conservation

Thank you to these seven Board Members who served with all their heart and soul through May 2015. Between them they have over 100 years of service on our board, include four founding members and four past chairs. They will continue to be vital and valuable members of our Land Trust community. Click below for a slideshow featuring Warner Bass, Bob …

Blog. Friday, June 12, 2015

A Summer Saving Land

by Grace Garver, Communications Intern There is a breath of fresh air at The Land Trust for Tennessee this summer─ a new batch of energetic interns just joined the team! We come from a variety of schools with different skills to offer, but we share a passion for the mission of The Land Trust. Out …

Blog. Tuesday, May 05, 2015

PRB Farm Dinner Photos

Thank you to our friends at Porter Road Butchers for putting on this beautiful farm dinner to benefit The Land Trust for Tennessee and protecting our  farmland and all of  Tennessee’s natural landscapes. It was a perfect spring night with a breathtaking sunset that we will never forget… our bellies won’t either.  We are so …

Blog. Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Family Farm Day 2015

After a week of raining cats and dogs,the sun broke through for one beautiful perfect day – and that happened to be the lovely day we all celebrated spring and the wonders of Glen Leven Farm for our Family Farm Day. And by the evening, it was raining again. Mother Nature must really love us …

Blog. Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Castle Rock Atop Cumberland Plateau Protected for Generations

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CASTLE ROCK PROTECTED! Conservationists Collaborate to Balance Stewardship and Recreational Use CLICK HERE FOR DRONE PHOTO GALLERY   Jasper, TN  – April 4, 2015 – The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, The Land Trust for Tennessee, The Conservation Fund, Harvey Cameron and The Southeastern Climbers Coalition today announced Castle Rock, Marion County’s most …

Blog. Monday, April 06, 2015

Boots on the Ground

April 6,2015. Written by: Audra Ladd, Stewardship Manager Last week was the completion of our three month monitoring period where land staff, Board Members and trained volunteers work as a team to visit EVERY easement property. This year, together we made it to 250 properties from Memphis to Johnson City! When we protect a piece …

Blog. Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nashville’s Green Spaces Hold Key to its Future Success, The Tennessean

Nashville’s Green spaces Hold Key to its Future Success March 15, 2015 The Tennessean by: David Plazas [*If you care about the future of Nashville please attend our April 22: Mayoral Forum on Land and Water Conservation.] We can’t talk about all that Nashville has to offer its natives, newcomers and visitors without acknowledging the …

Blog. Monday, February 09, 2015

The Open Space Institute Awards $2 million to Southeast Tennessee Projects

The Land Trust for Tennessee is excited to announce that three current projects on the Cumberland Plateau were awarded nearly $2 million in funding from the Open Space Institute (OSI) in New York. These projects were chosen for funding because of their unique qualities and ecological importance. From providing resilient landscapes to protecting the habitats …

Blog. Monday, December 15, 2014

Featured! Glen Leven Farm Takes you Back…

  What a wonderful profile/write up of Glen Leven Farm by The Community Foundation …. an amazing organization that helps support our efforts to bring a little nature into the lives of Nashville’s kids. Thank you for helping us keep this special place intact in order to share it with everyone in our community… forever. (Shout out to …

Blog. Friday, December 05, 2014

Town of Signal Mountain Protects 350 Acres of Scenic Recreational Land

[READ FULL Signal Mountain Press Release for more information] New agreement Protects 350 Acres of Signal Mountain Land by Ben Benton Published Monday, December 1st, 2014 A conservation agreement between Signal Mountain and The Land Trust for Tennessee has protected almost 350 acres along the majestic mountain bluffs surrounding the small town. “The town still owns, manages and …

Blog. Monday, September 22, 2014

What I Stand for is What I Stand On

So many people talk about “Farm to Table,” seasonal ingredients and “eating local.” Sourcing ingredients from local farms and farmer’s markets is one good way to stand behind the philosophy. Taking it even further is helping these farmers protect the family land they’ve been farming for decades so they can afford to continue their life’s …

Blog. Sunday, August 17, 2014

Helping Radnor Lake State Natural Area Continue to Grow

The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with Friends of Radnor Lake (FORL), recently added an additional 15 acres of undeveloped property on the north side of Radnor Lake State Natural Area from the family of Kay and John Cheek. This donation, added to the family’s previous donations,  makes a total of 75 acres of land …

Blog. Friday, August 08, 2014

USDA Forest Legacy Funding to Help Us Protect 4,800 Acres of Forestlands

$1.875 MILLION SECURED FOR TENNESSEE WORKING FORESTS USDA Forest Legacy funding will protect 4,800 acres of forest lands in Franklin County August 8, 2014, NASHVILLE, TN — The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced this week that $1.875 million will be granted to a Tennessee project led by The Land Trust for Tennessee …

Blog. Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Governor Haslam awards $600K for Mountain Goat Trail in Tracy City

   JULY 14, 2014- Governor Bill Haslam presented the Mayor and City Council of Tracy City with a TDOT grant award of over $603,000 for construction of the Mountain Goat Trail. Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) board president, Janice Thomas, said, “The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is honored to have been asked by the Town of …

Blog. Monday, July 07, 2014

A Busy Start! Here’s what we’ve been up to this summer…

Whew! The Land Trust has had a busy summer already! The biggest feat being the completion and launch of THIS amazing new website. Thanks to the help of Locomotion Creative. Take a look at just a few of the exciting things we have been up to in May and June… JUNE 22: Noble Springs Farm …

Blog. Sunday, June 15, 2014

Adding Mileage to The Cumberland Trail

We have all heard about the Appalachian Trail, stretching impressively from Northern tip of Georgia to the middle of Maine. But soon, Tennesseans will have their own impressive stretch of trail to call their own as a part of The Great Eastern Trail, a project currently underway to connect 1,600 miles of trails from Alabama …

Blog. Friday, May 09, 2014

Predators Raise Record Amount for Grant Funding

On May 9th, The Predators Foundation distributed a record breaking $405,000 in grant funding in May, benefiting community service and charitable organizations throughout the Middle-Tennessee/ Nashville area. The Land Trust’s very own Christine Burke and Katie O’Bryan accepted a grant benefiting educational outreach through The Harvest and History Field Trip program. This amazing grant builds …

Blog. Monday, March 10, 2014

Emily Parish, ten years of service protecting Tennessee’s beauty!

This spring marks a decade that Emily Parish, our Assistant Director of Conservation Programs, has worked  at The Land Trust protecting the history and natural beauty of Tennessee. When she arrived in 2004 to join the blossoming organization started by Jeanie Nelson, Mayor Phil Bredesen and a community of local community conservationists in 1999, there …

Blog. Friday, February 07, 2014

Preserving the Sequatchie Valley

THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS By Louie Brogdon Sunday, December 15, 2013 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 …

Blog. Saturday, February 01, 2014

Saving Robertson County Farmland Makes Headlines

In November of 2013, The Tennessean published an article about disappearing farmland in our rural communities. Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee lost 3,000 family farms totaling over 600,000 acres of land.   The Land Trust read this article and thought The Tennesseean reporters needed to know we are taking on the responsibility of attacking this issue in full …

Blog. Sunday, December 29, 2013

Multi-year Campaign to Protect Nationally-Recognized Recreation Area is Complete… 3,282 Acres of Private Land At Fiery Gizzard!

“The Fiery Gizzard trail is approximately 17 miles long and is one of the top hiking trails in the nation according to Backpacker magazine. More than 250,000 visitors enjoy this prized recreational area each year creating a strong tourism economy that is essential to the overall economy in the South Cumberland Region.” – The Conservation Fund PRESS …

Blog. Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Williamson County No. 1 in Land Trust Preservation in State

Jamie Page, writer for The Tennessean, reports Williamson County has more individual properties preserved for future generations under The Land Trust for Tennessee than any other county in the state. THE TENNESSEAN,  FRONT PAGE: WILLIAMSON AM October 29, 2013 Written by: Jamie Page Of the more than 91,000 acres of agricultural land, green space and recreational …