Tennessee is losing valuable open space at an alarming rate. Conserving land today balances our tremendous growth and ensures future generations will benefit from this land as we do today.
PROTECTS TENNESSEE’S NATURAL RESOURCES & FOSTERS A SENSE OF PLACE
- Land conservation balances unplanned development and prevents land that is highly important for agriculture, recreation, wildlife and other important uses from being converted to another, less-compatible use.
- Conserving land, both private and public, protects community character and scenic landscapes enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
- Conserving land supports communities that are uniquely Tennessee. Even private land that is not accessible by foot by providing a sense of place and visual beauty.
BOOSTS LOCAL ECONOMIES & ATTRACTS BUSINESSES
- Agriculture and forestry are powerful economic drivers for Tennessee, contributing approximately $81.8 billion in economic impact in 2015.(Sources: University of Tennessee Department of Agriculture).
- Agriculture accounts for 9 percent of the state’s economy and employs close to 250,000 Tennesseans. Conserving land for these uses supports jobs and economic viability. (Sources: University of Tennessee Department of Agriculture).
- The outdoor recreation industry employs 188,000 Tennesseans annually. (Source: Outdoor Industry Association).
- National/State Parks, touring/sightseeing and visiting historic sites are among the five most popular activities for Tennessee visitors. (Source: TDTD 2016 Annual Report).
- Open space provides cost savings by way of flood prevention, pollution removal, storm water management, and more. (Source: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Cumberland Region Tomorrow).
- Access to open space saves communities millions in healthcare costs through increased physical activities. (Source: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Cumberland Region Tomorrow).
ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS
- Conserving our natural resources and open spaces is essential for protecting our clean water and air and places to hunt, fish and play.
- Dozens of studies shows spending time outside and having access to open space improves health and wellness. This enhances the overall quality of life and emotional wellbeing for our communities. (Source: Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature – Child Mind Institute
Tennessee Economic Impact Studies & Benefits of Open Space:
- The Economic Value of Open Space in the Cumberland Region – University Tennessee Knoxville Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy (May 2018)
- The Economic Impact of Open Space on Residential Property Values in Tennessee – University Tennessee Knoxville Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy (September 2016)
- The Community + Economic Impact of The Mountain Goat Trail – Babson Center for Global Commerce at the University of the South
- Chattanooga Climbing Impact Report – University Tennessee Chattanooga Tourism Center
- Tennessee Outdoor Recreation Economy Report – Outdoor Industry Association
National Studies of the Benefits of Conserving Land:
- Investing in Nature: The Economic Benefits of Protecting Our Land and Water – Land Trust Alliance and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- Service From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness – The Trust for Public Land
- The Outdoor Recreation Economy – Outdoor Industry Association
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