Cleveland State, LTTN Board Member Announce Center for Natural Resources & Conservation

The Land Trust for Tennessee is pleased to recognize Board Member Greg Vital for his continued support of conservation and education in southeast Tennessee.

In January, Greg joined students, faculty and community leaders at Cleveland State Community College to celebrate the announcement of the Greg A. Vital Center for Natural Resources and Conservation, the college’s first named academic program.

“Greg’s support of educational programming at Cleveland State is a prime example of his commitment to protecting open spaces across Tennessee, “said Liz McLaurin, president and CEO of The Land Trust for Tennessee. “We’re thankful to have such an advocate as part of The Land Trust family.”

Greg Vital’s Circle V Buffalo Farm

Greg has long been a champion of The Land Trust, both as a board member and as a steward of protected land. Greg protected his farmland in Hamilton County in 2006 with a conservation easement, which served as a cornerstone conservation project for The Land Trust in the southeast Tennessee region.

During Cleveland State’s “Growing Our Future” press conference, which you can watch above, Greg spoke about the places he cares for in southeast Tennessee region, and the important work Cleveland State students will embark upon in the years to come.

“That’s what this next generation of individuals will be doing,” Greg said. “They’re not only going to be working for the Great Smoky Mountains or the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency or doing research or furthering their education, but they will be protecting those special places.”

Beyond, Greg also serves on numerous boards, including The Tennessee Aquarium and Cherokee Removal Memorial Park at Blythe Ferry, and has lent support to The Land Trust to add land to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County. He also serves as vice chair on the Board of Trustees for the National Parks Conservation Association.

Thank you for your support of land conservation, Greg.

Read more about the announcement here via The Chattanoogan.

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