For our team, the most exciting part of a conservation project arguably is ‘the closing’: the completion and accompanying celebration of land permanently protected. Over the years we’ve shared joyful tears and laughter, family dinners, and always relish our tradition of ringing the triangle dinner bell in celebration at our Land Trust offices. However, once … Continue reading Meet the Faces: Our Stewardship Team
In December 2018, Judy Guy made the lasting decision to conserve her historic farm in Wilson County with The Land Trust for Tennessee. “Judy’s attention to what matters to her does not waiver,” says Land Trust Conservation Project Manager Emily Quinlan, who worked with Judy to permanently protect her special place. Tucked away in what is … Continue reading Landowner Spotlight: Judy Guy
This lasting work cannot be done alone. It takes communities working to together to save the places we call home. As we celebrate our 20th year, below are some ways in which you can get involved with The Land Trust for Tennessee. Become an ambassador Spread the word! Conservation has many benefits for the community, from boosting local … Continue reading Help Protect the Land We Love
Back in 2016, The Land Trust for Tennessee had a record year: over 18,400 acres protected through 36 projects across the state. Needless to say, we were busy. A blistering work pace meant some projects weren’t shared with others in the way we like to celebrate the commitment made by Tennesseans to protect their land. … Continue reading Project Spotlight: Dog Cove
Conservation and community go hand in hand – that is, you cannot have successful conservation without the people who make it possible. This principle is at the forefront of Emily Quinlan’s work each and every day here at The Land Trust. Emily is The Land Trust’s Conservation Project Manager for Middle Tennessee, focusing on urban … Continue reading Meet the Faces: Emily Quinlan
If you’ve ever scratched your head in confusion over the term “conservation easement”, rest assured that you’re not the only one. While the term may be a mouthful, the conservation easement is The Land Trust for Tennessee’s primary tool of choice when helping protect land across the state. A conservation easement is a legal agreement … Continue reading Did You Know: Conservation Easements
Maps are a critical part of The Land Trust’s conservation work. Insightful, accurate maps not only enable us to better protect already-conserved land but also help us better identify opportunities to protect valuable land facing critical threats. Let’s meet Luke, The Land Trust’s Conservation GIS Manager, and take a behind-the-scenes look at how mapping impacts … Continue reading Meet the Faces: Luke Iverson
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a public park? One might think it should be easy: a town or city buys some land, puts a few benches and playgrounds out, and it’s done…right? Well, for better or for worse, creating a park requires a bit more work than many may be aware … Continue reading A Tale of Two Parks
A recap of our 2017 fall field trip program at Glen Leven Farm.
The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm was buzzing with excitement on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 during our second National Honey Bee Day celebration.
The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm has a new flower bed and improved access through the property thanks to the hard work of our nonprofit partners at Hands On Nashville and about 50 volunteers from International Association of Venue Managers.
As this “monitoring season” winds to a close, The Land Trust for Tennessee Stewardship Director Sarah O’Rear explains the importance of the visits, the personal connections that are made along the way, and her favorite experiences across the state.
It’s been more than a decade since Bill McEwen and his family made one of the defining decisions of their lifetimes. But looking back, Bill says the decision to conserve their farm in Hickman County was one of the easiest.
At The Land Trust for Tennessee, we are fortunate to partner with landowners and organizations statewide to protect the land that we love. As the February air begins to hint at spring on this Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing a collection of letters of admiration for the land and reflecting upon our past experiences that inspire our work. “My first feelings of … Continue reading Letters to The Land from The Land Trust
The Land Trust for Tennessee is proud to celebrate Board Member Greg A Vital, who has recently been honored for his support of Cleveland State Community College’s conservation-focused academics.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Once in a Blue Moon on Saturday, October 1st, to celebrate conservation across Tennessee! It was a beautiful autumn night at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm. Enjoy a sampling of photos from the evening below. For media inquiries, please contact Sharayah Winkler. Click here for the … Continue reading Once in a Blue Moon 2016 at Glen Leven Farm
THANK YOU to all participating eateries, diners and sponsors for making the fourth annual EAT GREEN FOR TENNESSEE a success! The Land Trust’s mission is to protect all of Tennessee’s landscapes so your family will have places to farm, fish, hike, bike, eat locally, relax and breathe deeply forever. Eat Green for Tennessee benefits The Land … Continue reading Eat Green for Tennessee 2016
Thank you to all who participated in our first-ever National Honey Bee Day Celebration! Despite the occasional rain shower, the day was a great success in celebrating honey bees and raising awareness for the importance of conservation. Highlights of the day included: Guided tours of the Glen Leven Honey Bee Sanctuary Sampling of Glen Leven … Continue reading National Honey Bee Day Celebration 2016 at Glen Leven Farm
By Robert Brandt I was worried. I’d served on The Land Trust Board of Directors since its founding in 1999, and in May 2015, I was rotating off the board. My involvement had been so intense and such a major part of my identity that I worried a cavernous hole would open in my life. … Continue reading Boots on the Ground: A Forever Commitment
The Land Trust for Tennessee, working with the Southeast Climbers Coalition, the Town of Signal Mountain and the Signal Mountain Parks Board, gathered over 30 volunteers, ranging in age from four to 80, for our seasonal volunteer day on Saturday, January 16th. Volunteers spent the day along a portion of The Cumberland Trail State Park, working to … Continue reading Winter Volunteer Day: Time-Lapse Video of Graffiti Removal
Thanks to a grant from the Honeybee Conservancy, this spring Glen Leven Farm will be adding two new varieties of bees to our thriving Bee Sanctuary! Utilizing this generous grant, Glen Leven has acquired a “Bee Cottage” that contains nesting space for two types of solitary bees: mason bees and leaf-cutter bees. While honey bees produce … Continue reading New Addition to the Glen Leven Farm Bee Sanctuary!
Congress Passes Major Conservation Legislation to Benefit all Tennesseans Nashville, Tenn. (Dec. 18, 2015) – The Land Trust for Tennessee, a state-wide nonprofit land conservation organization, today praised a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation. Farmers, landowners and the public will directly benefit from the incentive that encourages … Continue reading Congress Passes Permanent Enhanced Tax Incentive Bill Supporting Land Conservation
The Land Trust is pleased to announce that on the heels of being awarded an honorary doctor of civil law degree from the University of the South (Sewanee), Jeanie Nelson received the Tennessee chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA) Olmsted Medal in fall 2015. Recipients are selected on the basis of their commitment … Continue reading Jean C. Nelson Wins the Olmsted Award
“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets) “We create wonderful places by giving them our attention.” -David Haskell (The Forest Unseen) October 16, 2015 – Jean C. Nelson, founder of … Continue reading Jean C. Nelson Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree
BUY LOCAL HONEY TO SUPPORT LAND CONSERVATION: The Land Trust for Tennessee’s raw local honey is produced by hard-working, free-range honeybees from the nectar of native plants and wildflower’s at our Glen Leven Farm and is harvested by volunteer beekeeper, Matt Slocum.
Saturday, October 10th was a beautiful autumn night out on The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm with our family of supporters and land lovers coming together to celebrate conservation across Tennessee… past, present and future. PHOTOS BY PEYTON HOGE READ MORE:ONCE IN A BLUE MOON 2015 Report The Tennessean: An Evening at Glen … Continue reading Blue Moon 2015 Photo Album & Report
Chattanooga’s TasteBUDS Magazine asked The Land Trust’s Southeast Conservation Director, Joel Houser, to write an article on something he’s passionate about… the importance of protecting local farmland and how it relates to something we can all connect with… the food we eat. You may not own a large piece of property that you can protect, … Continue reading TasteBUDS Magazine features The Land Trust’s Joel Houser
The John Early Middle School mission statement: To instill lifelong learning by building an educational foundation through exploration, technology, and discovery. We will accomplish this through collaborative partnerships with parent and community stakeholders. The Land Trust is proud to work with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and John Early and Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Schools to make outdoor … Continue reading John Early Family Day 2015: Photos
Nashville’s Beaman Park would expand by 568 acres under a deal to purchase private land that Metro is close to finalizing. [Read the FULL ARTICLE IN THE TENNESSEAN from July 28, 2015] The Land Trust for Tennessee, through Jeanie Nelson and other staff members’ sustained work with landowner Harris Gilbert and his family, facilitated Metro’s placing an … Continue reading Making Nashville Greener – Beaman Park Expansion
THE LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE CEO JEANIE NELSON TO RETIRE MAY 2016 Transition Plan and Additional Staffing Announcements Made Nashville, Tenn. (April 15, 2015) – The Land Trust for Tennessee, a statewide nonprofit conservation organization that preserves Tennessee’s public and private landscapes and their natural, agricultural and historic values, announced today that founding CEO and … Continue reading Land Trust President Jeanie Nelson Passes the Torch to Liz McLaurin
How will the “It City” — the booming entrepreneurial, tourism and music hub that is Nashville – continue its astonishing growth and yet not lose its leafy green soul in the process? That is a central question the city’s eight mayoral candidates contemplate in this public “Land and Water Conservation Forum.” The forum is … Continue reading Mayoral Forum on Land and Water Conservation Videos
Thank you to these seven Board Members who served with all their heart and soul through May 2015. Between them they have over 100 years of service on our board, include four founding members and four past chairs. They will continue to be vital and valuable members of our Land Trust community. Click below for a slideshow featuring Warner Bass, Bob … Continue reading Heroic Conservation
by Grace Garver, Communications Intern 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 … Continue reading A Summer Saving Land
Thank you to our friends at Porter Road Butchers for putting on this beautiful farm dinner to benefit The Land Trust for Tennessee and protecting our farmland and all of Tennessee’s natural landscapes. It was a perfect spring night with a breathtaking sunset that we will never forget… our bellies won’t either. We are so … Continue reading PRB Farm Dinner Photos
After a week of raining cats and dogs,the sun broke through for one beautiful perfect day – and that happened to be the lovely day we all celebrated spring and the wonders of Glen Leven Farm for our Family Farm Day. And by the evening, it was raining again. Mother Nature must really love us … Continue reading Spring Family Farm Day 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CASTLE ROCK PROTECTED! Conservationists Collaborate to Balance Stewardship and Recreational Use Jasper, TN – April 4, 2015 – The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, The Land Trust for Tennessee, The Conservation Fund, Harvey Cameron and The Southeastern Climbers Coalition today announced Castle Rock, Marion County’s most iconic view, and renowned rock climbing … Continue reading Castle Rock Atop Cumberland Plateau Protected for Generations
April 6,2015. Written by: Audra Ladd, Stewardship Manager Last week was the completion of our three month monitoring period where land staff, Board Members and trained volunteers work as a team to visit EVERY easement property. This year, together we made it to 250 properties from Memphis to Johnson City! When we protect a piece … Continue reading Boots on the Ground
Nashville’s Green spaces Hold Key to its Future Success March 15, 2015 The Tennessean by: David Plazas [*If you care about the future of Nashville please attend our April 22: Mayoral Forum on Land and Water Conservation.] We can’t talk about all that Nashville has to offer its natives, newcomers and visitors without acknowledging the … Continue reading Nashville’s Green Spaces Hold Key to its Future Success, The Tennessean
The Land Trust for Tennessee is excited to announce that three current projects on the Cumberland Plateau were awarded nearly $2 million in funding from the Open Space Institute (OSI) in New York. These projects were chosen for funding because of their unique qualities and ecological importance. From providing resilient landscapes to protecting the habitats … Continue reading The Open Space Institute Awards $2 million to Southeast Tennessee Projects
What a wonderful profile/write up of Glen Leven Farm by The Community Foundation …. an amazing organization that helps support our efforts to bring a little nature into the lives of Nashville’s kids. Thank you for helping us keep this special place intact in order to share it with everyone in our community… forever. (Shout out to … Continue reading Featured! Glen Leven Farm Takes you Back…
[READ FULL Signal Mountain Press Release for more information] New agreement Protects 350 Acres of Signal Mountain Land by Ben Benton Published Monday, December 1st, 2014 A conservation agreement between Signal Mountain and The Land Trust for Tennessee has protected almost 350 acres along the majestic mountain bluffs surrounding the small town. “The town still owns, manages and … Continue reading Town of Signal Mountain Protects 350 Acres of Scenic Recreational Land
So many people talk about “Farm to Table,” seasonal ingredients and “eating local.” Sourcing ingredients from local farms and farmer’s markets is one good way to stand behind the philosophy. Taking it even further is helping these farmers protect the family land they’ve been farming for decades so they can afford to continue their life’s … Continue reading What I Stand for is What I Stand On
In one of the fastest growing areas, Mayor Dean and The Land Trust believe it is imperative that we protect green space for the public health and spirit of the entire community. This exciting success marks a big win for The Nashville Open Space Plan and Mayor Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean … Continue reading The Land Trust and Mayor Dean work together to add 60 acres of park land to Mill Creek Park
The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with Friends of Radnor Lake (FORL), recently added an additional 15 acres of undeveloped property on the north side of Radnor Lake State Natural Area from the family of Kay and John Cheek. This donation, added to the family’s previous donations, makes a total of 75 acres of land … Continue reading Helping Radnor Lake State Natural Area Continue to Grow
Wonderful article about the Williamson Co. community working with us to preserve their landscapes and culture… READ MORE.
$1.875 MILLION SECURED FOR TENNESSEE WORKING FORESTS USDA Forest Legacy funding will protect 4,800 acres of forest lands in Franklin County August 8, 2014, NASHVILLE, TN — The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced this week that $1.875 million will be granted to a Tennessee project led by The Land Trust for Tennessee … Continue reading USDA Forest Legacy Funding to Help Us Protect 4,800 Acres of Forestlands
JULY 14, 2014- Governor Bill Haslam presented the Mayor and City Council of Tracy City with a TDOT grant award of over $603,000 for construction of the Mountain Goat Trail. Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) board president, Janice Thomas, said, “The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is honored to have been asked by the Town of Tracy … Continue reading Governor Haslam awards $600K for Mountain Goat Trail in Tracy City
Whew! The Land Trust has had a busy summer already! The biggest feat being the completion and launch of THIS amazing new website. Thanks to the help of Locomotion Creative. Take a look at just a few of the exciting things we have been up to in May and June… JUNE 22: Noble Springs Farm … Continue reading A Busy Start! Here’s what we’ve been up to this summer…
We have all heard about the Appalachian Trail, stretching impressively from Northern tip of Georgia to the middle of Maine. But soon, Tennesseans will have their own impressive stretch of trail to call their own as a part of The Great Eastern Trail, a project currently underway to connect 1,600 miles of trails from Alabama … Continue reading Adding Mileage to The Cumberland Trail
2014 marked The Land Trust’s 15th anniversary and the milestone of protecting 100,000 acres of land across Tennessee. Our annual event is a time to celebrate our successes and look towards the future. Here is a little album showcasing last year’s sophisticated shindig full of dining, dancing and do-gooding under the stars. CLICK HERE FOR THE … Continue reading A Look Back: ONCE IN A BLUE MOON Photo Album 2014
On May 9th, The Predators Foundation distributed a record breaking $405,000 in grant funding in May, benefiting community service and charitable organizations throughout the Middle-Tennessee/ Nashville area. The Land Trust’s very own Christine Burke and Katie O’Bryan accepted a grant benefiting educational outreach through The Harvest and History Field Trip program. This amazing grant builds … Continue reading Predators Raise Record Amount for Grant Funding
This spring marks a decade that Emily Parish, our Assistant Director of Conservation Programs, has worked at The Land Trust protecting the history and natural beauty of Tennessee. When she arrived in 2004 to join the blossoming organization started by Jeanie Nelson, Mayor Phil Bredesen and a community of local community conservationists in 1999, there … Continue reading Emily Parish, ten years of service protecting Tennessee’s beauty!
THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS By Louie Brogdon Sunday, December 15, 2013 Erich Woerner stood atop Lewis Chapel Mountain on Friday overlooking the patchwork of green farmland in the Sequatchie Valley below. “It’s being sold off in lots. It may not seem like it, but there are far more houses now than there were 50 years … Continue reading Preserving the Sequatchie Valley
In November of 2013, The Tennessean published an article about disappearing farmland in our rural communities. Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee lost 3,000 family farms totaling over 600,000 acres of land. The Land Trust read this article and thought The Tennesseean reporters needed to know we are taking on the responsibility of attacking this issue in full … Continue reading Saving Robertson County Farmland Makes Headlines
The Land Trust for Tennessee and The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance are working together to add nearly 23 more miles to the Mountain Goat Trail, a rail-to-trail community outdoor recreation project to convert an abandoned railroad bed to a multi-use recreational corridor between Grundy and Franklin counties on the Cumberland Plateau. The trail will connect … Continue reading Sewanee’s Babson Center for Global Commerce Reports on Impact of Mountain Goat Trail
Multi-year Campaign to Protect Nationally-Recognized Recreation Area is Complete… 3,282 Acres of Private Land At Fiery Gizzard!
“The Fiery Gizzard trail is approximately 17 miles long and is one of the top hiking trails in the nation according to Backpacker magazine. More than 250,000 visitors enjoy this prized recreational area each year creating a strong tourism economy that is essential to the overall economy in the South Cumberland Region.” – The Conservation Fund PRESS … Continue reading Multi-year Campaign to Protect Nationally-Recognized Recreation Area is Complete… 3,282 Acres of Private Land At Fiery Gizzard!
Jamie Page, writer for The Tennessean, reports Williamson County has more individual properties preserved for future generations under The Land Trust for Tennessee than any other county in the state. THE TENNESSEAN, FRONT PAGE: WILLIAMSON AM October 29, 2013 Written by: Jamie Page Of the more than 91,000 acres of agricultural land, green space and recreational … Continue reading Williamson County No. 1 in Land Trust Preservation in State