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 were 3,000 acres protected. Under her watch over 89,000 more acres of open green space has been protected in TN over the ten years, among many other great feats.
We thought she needed a proper thanks for all her hard work (always with a smile!), passion and dedication. Emily always slips under the radar with little recognition for all her consistent effort, she is the unsung hero. SO… we threw her a bowling party (thanks to the generosity of PINEWOOD SOCIAL for donating the lanes!) and filled a scrapbook with kind words from people she has worked with past and present to show how much we all love her. You are an unsung hero no more, Emily Parish!