Conservation Project Manager
Brooks Lamb joined The Land Trust for Tennessee in the summer of 2017 as Conservation Manager. Working directly with landowners, Brooks helps to protect farms, fields, and forests across the state. He also spreads the importance of land conservation by meeting with civic organizations, attending conferences and meetings and speaking with state and local officials.
Raised on a small farm outside of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, Brooks cultivated an early interest in land protection, and his passion grew in college. Majoring in history and double minoring in political science and environmental studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Brooks explored the environment from inside the classroom. He also nurtured his commitment to land and nature through direct service. For ten hours each week, Brooks worked with Overton Park Conservancy to help protect and improve Memphis’s historic Overton Park. While with the Conservancy, he planted trees, developed new membership materials, and wrote a book that details the park’s history through personal perspectives. After graduating from Rhodes in May 2017, Brooks interned for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., as a part of the Truman Scholarship’s Summer Institute program. During his summer at ELI, he worked extensively on floodplain acquisition projects and on efforts to better connect the agricultural and environmental communities.
In his free time, Brooks enjoys reading books and poems by Wendell Berry, working on his family’s farm, and listening to country and bluegrass music.
Why do you love your job?
Tennessee’s natural spaces have shaped me as a person, and I know that the same can be said for many others. For me, the land is more than just a natural resource—it’s also a part of our communities. Nature is a neighbor, and I think we should treat it as such. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with a friendly and hard-working team that is dedicated to conserving Tennessee’s land.