Emily B. Parish

Vice President of Conservation

Emily is an experienced veteran at The Land Trust for Tennessee, starting in 2004 as a Land Protection Assistant. As Vice President of Conservation, she leads the Conservation Program, including the oversight of all conservation projects, managing land team staff in Nashville and Chattanooga, and keeping abreast of policies and trends across the national conservation scene. Since joining us, Emily has been instrumental in protecting more than 118,000 acres of Tennessee lands.

Emily earned her Bachelor’s from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a Master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. She won the 2012 Nashville Emerging Young Leaders Award for “Environment & Sustainability.” Emily is also a founding member of the Farmland Legacy Partnership, a 13-agency working group focusing on the protection of Tennessee farmland. She represents The Land Trust on the USDA Technical Committee, The Tennessee Preservation Trust’s Board of Directors, and the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association’s Board of Directors. In 2016, Emily served as a member of the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices Advisory Team and now serves on the Alliance’s Conservation Defense Advisory.

In addition to having serious conservation chops, Emily is a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) graduate who’s hiked three 15,000-foot mountains. She enjoys playing with her daughters, Lucy and Wells, hanging out with good friends and her husband, Sam.

What do you love most about your job? “The amazing people that I get to work with everyday, who choose to protect their land for future generations of Tennesseans to enjoy. It’s inspiring.”

EMAIL EMILY about any land, legal or technical question you might have.

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