A Summer Saving Land

by Grace Garver, Communications Intern

Interviewing Joe Haynes at his Sumner County historic farm.
Interviewing former Senator Joe Haynes at his Sumner County historic farm.

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 of the classroom and onto the land we go.

Interning with The Land Trust has been an inspiring experience full of learning opportunities. We hit the ground running with activities at the Glen Leven Farm.  In my second week, I was invited to ride along to the historic, century-old and newly-protected Haynes farm on Old Hickory Lake. (Stay tuned for the full story in our June Newsletter!)

As three members of a future generation, we value the opportunity to intern with a community that protects these outdoor spaces that benefit locals and visitors alike, now and forever. We can truly have a hand in our own futures.


Grace Garver joined The Land Trust for the summer of 2015 as a Communications Intern. She will be learning about how to effectively promote the mission of the organization by assisting with newsletters, press releases, website content, and events such as Eat Green for Tennessee 2015.

Grace’s love for nature and the outdoors began at an early age whIMG_0781en her family went on several vacations to many of our most beautiful national parks. Formerly a competitive swimmer, today she enjoys running outside, hiking, and bike riding. Originally from North Carolina, she is an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, where she is working towards a double major in English and Public Policy, with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Though she has only lived in Nashville for a short period of time, she has become very appreciative of the nature and outdoor space that Nashville and the surrounding areas have to offer.

What do you love about your job? Nature and wildlife are things that hold intrinsic benefits for the wellbeing of society, but they are constantly threatened by nearby populations. It is wonderful to be a part of an organization that works towards preserving outdoor spaces so that they remain intact and enjoyed by future generations.


Richard Rieck is The Land Trust’s Legal Intern for the summer of 2015. He will be working behind the scenes supporting The Land Team on conservation agreements and all the diligent legal preparation and follow up required to help landowners protect their land forever.

unnamed-4A Nashville native, Rich has an affinity for the outdoors, and some of his favorite activities include golfing, fishing, and cycling. He also enjoys playing his guitar and backpacking, and has hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail. Rich completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi, where he was a writer for The Daily Mississippian and graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Currently, he is pursuing a degree from the Belmont University College of Law.

What do you love about working with The Land Trust? I enjoy working at the Land Trust for Tennessee because I believe we live in a beautiful and unique part of the world. In a time when our state places great emphasis on development it is ever important to remember why Tennessee is so special and do our part not in halting development altogether, but in refusing to destroy some of the natural beauty and resources that make Tennessee so extraordinary.


Libby Wright, The Land Trust’s Land Conservation and Glen Leven Farm Intern, is in her junior year at the College of Charleston. There, she is working towards a major in Historic Preservation and minors in Art History and Urban Planning.

This summer she will be working on Glen Leven Farm to support education and outreach efforts in the community while assisting in the daily operation to keep the farm running smoothly… everything from wrangling the mini donkeys to working in the education IMG_1209garden.

As a result of her studies, Libby has developed a genuine interest in the preservation of historic homes and the value they can provide to society. She is a Davidson county native, and in her free time she enjoys hiking in the area, as well as mountain biking and skiing.

What do you love about being an intern with The Land Trust? Middle Tennessee is an area fortunate enough to have many historic properties. Due to the area’s massive growth, however, many of these locations are now threatened by encroaching populations. I believe that the preservation of historic homes, like the one at Glen Leven, is incredibly important for education and our society’s culture.

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