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Window Cliffs State Natural Area Opens to the Public.

On April 7, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation held a grand opening for Window Cliffs State Natural Area, a beautiful recreational space within Burgess Falls State Park. The Land Trust for Tennessee partnered with the State of Tennessee to protect the land.

PROTECTED: Lakeshore Park, Knoxville

The Land Trust for Tennessee is excited to announce the protection of Lakeshore Park – a 185-acre public park in the City of Knoxville. Adapted from the full press release. As of Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the natural, scenic and recreational values of Lakeshore Park are protected, and the land will remain a public park forever. …

Conservation Partners Add 2,600 Acres to Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness

        2,600 ACRES ADDED TO BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE CENTENNIAL WILDERNESS Newly protected land located in high-priority conservation region & connects numerous public recreation areas Sparta, TN — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and The Land Trust for Tennessee celebrate the permanent protection of 2,600 acres within the historical Scott’s Gulf — located in …

The Reese Brothers Mule Farm

THE REESE FAMILY MULE FARM Dick Reese is a fourth-generation farmer in a unique family business established in 1792 when his great-grandfather Charles Reese moved to Sumner County and married Polly Deshea, an original Nashville settler. [READ MORE HISTORY] The Reese family has supplied pack mules to the Grand Canyon National Park since the 1920s. …

Happily Ever After Farm

In December 2015, Jonathan and Judith Smith closed on a conservation agreement fulfilling their dream of protecting a little slice of heaven, Happily Ever After Farm. Knowing it will remain an oasis forever was the driving force for the Smiths. The sixty acres is located on the border of Cheatham and Davidson Counties, an area …

Beaman Park Expansion

August 2015 –  Nashville’s Beaman Park expands by 568 acres on the edge of the Western Highland Rim through the vision of The Open Space Plan, the investment of our city and the generosity of the Gilbert family. This brings the footprint of the rugged, wooded park in northwest Davidson County to 2,246 acres – …

Joe and Barbara Haynes Protect their Land and Family History

The Land Trust for Tennessee partnered with respected former Tennessee senator Joe Haynes and his wife Barbara, a spirited former judge, to protect their historic, fifty-three acre working farm in Sumner County. When the Hayes retired, they opted to use their retirement funds to restore the home that’s been in the family for generations.  The …

Castle Rock

PRIME SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE ROCK CLIMBING PROTECTED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME Jasper, TN (Marion County) –March 30, 2015– The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, The Land Trust for Tennessee, The Conservation Fund, Harvey Cameron and The Southeastern Climbers Coalition are pleased to announce that through a strong collaborative partnership, Castle Rock, one of Southeast Tennessee’s premier rock climbing …

Our Family of Farms

Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee lost 3,000 family farms totaling over 600,000 acres of land. Protecting our farms means protecting the agricultural community and the local, healthy food we eat. The Land Trust has established conservation easements with multiple farms in Tennessee that produce fruits, vegetables and dairy products for area stores and restaurants. These …

Arugula Star Farms

Located on 152 acres in Maury County, Arugula Star Farms consists of rolling timbered hills, ridge balds and a scenic valley. The soil is among the most fertile in the country, consisting of silt loams and silty clay loams perfect for farming. The Land Trust has historically focused on conserving critical farmland; this property and many like …

Blythe Ferry

The Land Trust for Tennessee and The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) successfully partnered to purchase 68 acres of critical wildlife habitat located along Blythe Ferry Road near the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers. This peaceful stretch of tall grasses was about to become a wastewater treatment facility for a high-density residential development. When …

Crumpton Creek + The Jennings Family Farm

This was our first donated conservation easement in the County and was made possible with support from The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund, The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Bonnaroo Works Fund. While A.C. Jennings has ensured his beloved home and fields of corn, wheat and soybeans are protected, the domino effect reaches …

Radnor Lake State Natural Area

UPDATE! This summer of 2015, the Cheek family, Friends of Radnor Lake, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the State of Tennessee partnered to add 15 acres of the family’s property to Radnor Lake State Natural Area, a beloved public park that records over one million visits per year. The property is located on the northern …

Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park, which lies in the heart of Shelby County in Memphis, contains 4,500 acres of green space and 6.5 miles of urban trail.  The protected park has a number of features including The Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge, Woodland Discovery Playground, Lucius Burch Natural Area, Fishing Lakes, Shelby County community and educational gardens, stables …

Lost Cove

This habitat-rich 3,000 acres of land—which contains portions of Lost and Champion Coves adjacent to The University of The South (Sewanee) and extends to the boundary of privately held land at the bottom of Lost Cove—is now owned and managed by Sewanee for use as an outdoor academic laboratory and for recreation. This land is …

Snow Creek Reserve

Steve Reynolds  bought this property in 2012 as a place to hunt and relax with his family (all of the fields are named for his nine grandchildren). He placed a conservation easement on the property in 2013 to conserve the land for hunting, fishing and natural wildlife habitat. Snow Creek Reserve is located about five miles …

Robertson County Farms

COMMUNITY-BASED LAND CONSERVATION Farming communities are an important part of our Tennessee way of life. Between 2000-2012 we protected three farms totaling nearly 600 acres in Robertson County using conservation agreements, but last year we recognized the critical need to ramp up efforts as development is exponentially growing in this county. In 2013 alone, we closed on five …

Holland Family Farm

The Holland Farm has been in their family for over 100 years, giving it the distinction from the Tennessee Department of agriculture as one of the 18 Century Farms that The Land Trust protects across the state. In 2008 when the conservation easement was put on this land, Kermit Holland was one of the oldest …

Noble Springs Goat Dairy + Creamery

Noble Springs Dairy is a Grade A Goat Dairy and Artisanal Goat Cheese located on a farm owned by Calvin and Marilyn Lehew. This sprawling dairy farm is nestled in the rolling hills which include several valleys and natural springs  just 6 miles from downtown Franklin, TN. Dustin & Justyne Noble, the owners of Noble Springs …

Oostanala Creek Project

The Land Trust for Tennessee’s partner, Blue Ridge Waterways, Inc., completed the restoration and enhancement of Oostanaula Creek and tributaries on three Land Trust-protected properties in McMinn County. Oostanaula Creek is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of impaired waterways. Stream restoration helps improve water quality by reducing streambank erosion and creates a more natural stream and …

Wataunga River

The Appalachian RC& D Council partnered with The Land Trust for Tennessee to protect their biodiverse 28 acres of land with half mile of frontage along the Watauga River in Carter County.  Only three miles from the town of Elizabethton, The Watauga is a significant water source for locals.  Apart from its critical conservation value, the river is a source of pride …

Davidson County Open Space Plan

Nashville is a uniquely beautiful place. The wide Cumberland River winds around bends. Forested hills and hollows blanket the Northwest. Historic sites inspire reverence for the region. Community gardens dot neighborhoods with color. And parks and lakes are havens for wildlife and residents alike. It is this character of place and quality of life that …

Beaman to Bells Corridor

The Beaman Park to Bells Bend corridor project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Nashville and Davidson County to become a regional leader in rural conservation. Few, if any, cities of Nashville’s size retain an intact historic rural and agricultural landscape within 30 minutes of downtown. Buffered from development by the Cumberland River on the south and …

Adelicia Park

Adelicia Park was The Land Trust for Tennessee’s first truly urban property protected in Nashville under conservation easement in 2008. This small “pocket park” is adjacent to The Adelicia Condominium tower and is managed by the Adelicia Homeowners Association. The park was modeled after Gramercy Park in New York, providing scenic open green space in …

Glen Leven Farm

GLEN LEVEN FARM is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from the center of downtown Nashville.  The historic landscape was given to The Land Trust by Susan M. West, a descendant of Nashville settler Thomas Thompson who came to Nashville with James Robertson in the late 1780s. Ms. West’s will stipulates that the land be …

The Natchez Trace Parkway

Many visitors who drive, bike, hike or ride horses along the Natchez Trace Parkway don’t realize that most of the beautiful landscapes they enjoy are not part of the parkway, but private property. The Land Trust has been working with landowners and the parkway staff to protect the parkway viewshed – the lands visible from …

Civil War Sites

The Land Trust has partnered with The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Franklin’s Charge, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Save the Franklin Battlefield, the State of Tennessee and many private landowners to protect strategic Civil War battle sites throughout the state. This includes battlefield remnants in Franklin, New Johnsonville and Thompson’s Station …

Dixona Farm

It would be hard to find a property in Middle Tennessee with more history than Dixona Farm, located in Dixon Springs in Smith and Trousdale Counties. The 148-acre farm on Dixon Creek, which includes a pasture, forest and a natural spring, contains “Dixona,” one of the oldest homes in Middle Tennessee and listed on the National …

Alderson Farm

The Alderson Family’s 110-acre property in Maury County is located on Leipers Creek Road in the fertile community of Water Valley in the Duck River Highlands, which creates a beautiful vista along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Highlands area includes watersheds of three tributary streams that flow into the Duck River, one of the most …

Corn Property

Blue Eyed Mary, Illustration by Lindsey Kernodle Jack Corn, an award-winning photographer with work displayed at the National Archives and Vanderbilt’s Special Collections, recently signed a conservation easement with The Land Trust for Tennessee, preserving his family’s beautiful wildflower hollow for generations to come. The Corns have identified over 100 species of wildflower on their …

Fiery Gizzard

BACKGROUND & HISTORY: Fiery Gizzard is one of the most iconic and important trail systems in the state and  spans portions of Grundy and Marion Counties atop the Cumberland Plateau. Originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the South Cumberland Recreation Area was established in the 1970s and encompassed the Fiery …

Cumberland Trail – Soak Creek Acquisition

The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have acquired land that will add more than 1,000 acres and 10 linear miles of trail to the Cumberland Trail State Park in Bledsoe, Rhea and Hamilton counties. The acquisition includes property in Bledsoe and Rhea counties, located near Spring City, which …

Mountain Goat Trail

UPDATE! FALL 2015 – Now, The Land Trust for Tennessee is partnering with the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance on a campaign to connect Monteagle and Tracy City via the Mountain Goat Trail over the next three years. The campaign will support land acquisition, grant matching, and other expenses involved in building this important resource for …

Cruze Dairy Farm

Cruze Farm is a family dairy farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. Earl Cruze, his daughter Colleen and her fellow “Cruze Farm Girls” milk Jersey cows and bottle their own whole pasteurized Jersey milk, real churned buttermilk, light milk and chocolate milk. The Cruze cows are on pasture 365 days a year and are never given hormones. …

Giles County Farms (Row Crops)

This protected land actually consists of two separate properties. McCormack Farm, owned by Zollie and Jenette McCormack, includes 1,300 acres just off I-65 in Giles County. In the spring and summer, wheat, corn and soybeans cover the rich soils that are fed by the Elk River as it winds through the land for over four …