Driven by The Tennesseans of Today and Tomorrow:
In Tennessee you don’t have to go far to see rolling farmland, find a historic site, or enjoy one of the countless trails and natural areas throughout this state.
No matter where you live or visit in the state, it’s all at your doorstep. It’s a unique bounty that we can all enjoy—but it requires vigilance and a continued investment if we want it to exist for future generations.
For 20 years, The Land Trust for Tennessee has worked with people and communities to protect these irreplaceable landscapes and sites for future generations. It’s a commitment and investment that we all must make today – you can’t put a price on what we are saving for tomorrow.
We are an accredited, nonprofit organization.
Founded in 1999, The Land Trust for Tennessee is an 501C(3), nonprofit land conservation organization protecting private and public land across the state. We are recognized for meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission .
Our work focuses on:
Farmland – About 40 percent of Tennessee’s acreage is farmland. Conserving farms supports major industries in Tennessee and creates landscapes that distinguish our state.
Recreational Areas – Open space is vital to our physical and emotional health. Conserving open land ensures we all have places to hike, bike, explore, fish, hunt and play.
Wildlife Habitat – Protecting these areas holds significant value for the many species they support. It is especially important in Tennessee, one of the most biodiverse states in the nation.
Natural Resources – Conserving our natural resources and open space is essential for protecting our clean water, air and soil. Conserving wooded areas and land along rivers and streams is important for filtering pollution before it reaches our drinking water.
Historic Lands and sites – Conserving land around historic structures and saving battlefields helps remind us of our past, teaches us how far we’ve come and inspires us to move forward with hope.
Urban Open Space – Protecting and creating open space in metropolitan areas enhances the quality of life, public health and fosters a sense of place.
The Land Trust for Tennessee works with communities and willing landowners to protect private and public land with a range of tools. In most cases, we work with private landowners to conserve land with conservation easements. These customized legal agreements empower landowners to limit development on their land while they continue to own their land to farm, hunt, fish, or even sell or pass down to heirs.
We also conserve land though:
- Land Purchases with Conservation Partners: In some cases, we facilitate or negotiate land acquisitions or fundraise to protect public land. Learn more.
- Donations of Land: We also accept donations of land. Learn more.
- Stewardship of Land: We annually monitor every property on which we hold a conservation easement and are obligated to enforce its terms in perpetuity. Learn more.
- Community Planning: We work with communities and partners to develop regional and community plans to protect open space and to expand and connect existing protected lands.
- Community Education & Outreach: We host annual community events and educational programs to teach about the importance of land conservation. Learn more.
Achieving a Balance:
We are driven to balance growth with the benefits of conserving open space and believe conserving land today is important to the future success of Tennessee. We encourage thoughtful growth.
How You Can Support Our Work:
Want to get in touch? Have a question? We are happy to help. Contact us today!