FLC’s 2019 Preserved Acreage!

FLC celebrates over 5,600 acres preserved in 2019!

Warren County

A sweeping view of the Cumberland Plateau on a 250 acre property in Warren County, TN. This recently preserved tract adjoins another 288 acre tract, which was also placed in an FLC conservation easement.  In addition, FLC  preserved close to 695 acres in neighboring Sequatchie County.

2019 was another successful year for FLC’s land preservation efforts!  Here are just a few highlights:

  • FLC partnered on 24 land projects totaling 5,691 acres within Tennessee and the surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
  • FLC placed a conservation easement on the 1,000 acre Fourman tract in Roane County, TN. Foothills also conveyed it to the State of Tennessee’s Wildlife Resources Agency. TWRA plans to manage and steward the property as part of the adjacent 11,000+acre Mount Roosevelt State Wildlife Management Area. Click here to view pictures and read more about this project!
  • In 2020, FLC celebrates 35 years as a regional land trust, having assisted with over 130,000 acres preserved and 300+ land preservation partnerships to date. Click here to read a recent article about FLC courtesy of the Daily Times “Foothills Land Conservancy takes stock and adapts to change”.

Thanks to our Friends, Foothills is able to expand conservation efforts across our diverse region. We could not have come this far without your support.

 Foothills appreciates any and all gifts given to the Conservancy –
no tract of land or monetary donation is too small or too large!

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Click here to read about FLC’s 2018 land preservation projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2017 land preservation projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2016 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2015 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2014 Land Preservation Projects!

“I’ve lived in East Tennessee all of my life and have seen a lot of changes and that includes watching nearby farms being sold and turned into residential and commercial lots. You cannot take land with you – my goal has always been to buy land for the purpose of preserving it. It’s important for me to be a good steward of my farm and its natural features.”   – Sally Chaffin

Sally with Annie - Nov. 2019

    (Above) Sally Chaffin, pictured with her miniature Sicilian  donkey, Annie, on her farm in Knox County, TN. (Below) Sally also raises several families of Nubian goats. goats in gif

 Back in 2008, Sally Chaffin reached out to the staff at FLC. She had heard about a way for land owners to permanently protect their property from development while continuing to own and farm the land. Her 87 acre property is special to her and to FLC. It has its share of native species like quail, bluebirds, and brown thrashers, as well as migratory wildlife. One area of the property has a steep, wooded bluff with diverse plant species that includes the yellow water buttercup, butternut tree and Appalachian bugbane. And, her land held the one-time state record ‘100 foot tall sassafras tree’. The tree died but the log remains. In addition to raising Nubian goats and chickens, Sally has close to 50 acres from which she harvests hay.  In Sally’s words, preserving this special place with a conservation easement was the perfect solution:

“Being able to legally preserve the property in the way I wanted to and still be able to farm, own, and bequest it to family was an ideal solution, and frankly, a huge peace of mind. Organizations, like FLC, are here for the landowner and their tools assist us with retaining farmland, woodlands, scenic views, wildlife and ultimately our region’s character.”

Your ongoing support is more important than ever as Foothills expands our efforts to preserve farmland, woodlands and scenic areas across the Southeast!

Join Sally and other FLC Friends in renewing your pledge to fund our programs.

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To print and mail in an FLC donation form, please click here

Please contact the FLC office at 865-681-8326 if you wish to donate utilizing an IRA Charitable Rollover, donor advised fund, or a gift of appreciated assets, securities or land parcels.

2019 Summer Celebration Photos

Click on images below to enlarge and then again to enlarge even more!

Photos courtesy of Doug Mills.

Views of Townsend and the GSMNP from the recent Foothills Parkway extension

View of Townsend from the GSMNP from the recent Foothills Parkway extension.

(Blount County, TN) Foothills Land Conservancy is hosting a public ‘Community Conversation’ about the preservation of scenic views around the latest extension of the Foothills Parkway. This event is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center (123 Cromwell Drive | Townsend, TN 37882).

There is no place quite like East Tennessee! Our region includes a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and surrounding lands that provide a majestic, culturally relevant, and unique window into the natural world that everyone is welcome to enjoy. The fact that the GSMNP was ranked as the number one visited National Park in the United States in 2018 helps to support these claims. With this understanding of our region’s popularity – both for its recreational aspect and as a draw to live and work here – perhaps it’s time to discuss how best to retain the scenic views, rural character, open spaces and wildlife corridors that we all know and love.

This is especially true for scenic roads like the newly opened 16 mile western portion of the Foothills Parkway, which extends from the Walland area to Wears Valley. For this reason, FLC will host a short program that includes images of the Parkway’s scenic views – views that pertain to certain mile markers along this 16 miles stretch that could be considered a high priority for an initiative. FLC will also provide a brief overview of their organization and their history of conservation projects around the Foothills Parkway portion between Walland (Hwy. 321) and Tallassee (Hwy. 129). Questions will be asked of the audience – Why should we protect these views? If this is important, how do we move forward? There will also be time for questions and suggestions by attendees.

FLC’s Executive Director, Bill Clabough believes it is crucial to seek community support to move this type of initiative forward. “Taking a moment to explore a variety of options when it comes to the preservation of scenic views around the Foothills Parkway and into the GSMNP is an important and timely conversation to have as a community. We hope that this meeting leads to the beginnings of a spearhead committee, consisting of individuals across East Tennessee that have the time, talents, resources, and desire to build momentum for some type of scenic view initiative.”
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About the Foothills Land Conservancy: FLC is dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the lands and environments of the Southern Appalachian region and promoting the character of the land for the general public, now and in the future. To date, FLC’s cumulative land preservation efforts now cover over 124,000 acres within Tennessee and the 6 surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

For media requests or additional information, please contact Elise Eustace at the FLC office by phone at 865-681-8326 or email at eeustace@foothillsland.org. To learn more about FLC, please visit www.foothillsland.org.

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FLC Celebrates Another Record Year in 2018!

Click here for FLC’s 2019 Spring Newsletter & 2018 Annual Report

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2018 was another record year for the Conservancy! Here are a few highlights:

  • A record number 51 land preservation projects were completed within 21 Tennessee counties and the 5 additional states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
  • Foothills’ land projects totaled close to 18,010 acres. This number contributes to the total cumulative acres FLC has assisted in preserving since the organization’s beginnings in 1985 – which has now reached to over 125,000 acres!
  • Three of FLC’s 2018 land preservation projects are noted by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s Division of Archeology to have two Trail of Tears routes within the property boundaries. All three of these land partnerships are located in both Sequatchie and Van Buren Counties with one of them also being located in Warren County, TN.
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Looking out at the Cherokee National Forest from a recently preserved 972 acre property in Monroe County, TN

Here are a few of FLC’s 2018 projects. More descriptions and photos will be posted in the coming weeks. Click image to enlarge!

Additional Images Below:  Clockwise from top) FLC staff pose at the Harris Farm office in Blount County, TN (photo courtesy of Doug Mills). View looking out at Sequatchie Valley from a recently preserved property in Sequatchie County TN. Waterfall at the opening of a large cave on a 308 acre preserved property in Warren Co., TN. An Eastern box turtle was observed on a preserved property in Grundy County, TN. In the same county, FLC staff also came across a few Diana Fritillary butterflies visiting some Butterfly weed.

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Click here to read about FLC’s 2017 land preservation projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2016 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2015 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2014 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to make a donation to Foothills Land Conservancy. FLC is dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the lands and environments of the Southern Appalachian region and promoting the character of the land for the general public, now and in the future. FLC is a 501(c)(3) and does not receive any financial assistance from local, state or federal governments. We rely on individual and corporate contributions solely to sustain our organization, land acquisition and stewardship funds.

2018 Celebration Photos

Click here to return to FLC’s Summer Celebration Page.

Celebration Photos Courtesy: Doug Mills

Click here to return to FLC’s Summer Celebration Page.

Celebration Photos Courtesy: Doug Mills

                                                                                                              Celebration Photos Courtesy: Doug Mills

FLC’s Summer Celebration!

Held on Saturday •  August 18, 2018 5pm-8:30pm

HOST LOCATION: RiverView Family Farm

Net proceeds from this year’s Celebration support our enduring mission
to preserve, protect, and enhance the lands of the Southern Appalachian region.

On behalf of FLC’s Board of Directors and staff we wanted to thank all of our Sponsors, Hosts, and Friends of the Foothills  for joining us at FLC’s annual Summer Celebration! This event brings together our supporters and those interested in learning more about our organization. It’s an opportunity to visit with Board and staff while learning about Foothills’ mission, project successes, and highlights. And, we just enjoy spending time with each other – it’s a party!

Despite storms in the area all evening, RiverView escaped the showers and FLC’s  program kicked off with a short presentation from FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough. Bill conveyed that FLC has the potential for 2018 to be another standout record year in regards to preserved acreage.  He also took time to recognize and thank the Foothills Board and staff along with our many supporters, including founding member, Gail Harris.   FLC’s Board President, Madge Cleveland, also took the stage to thank Bill for all of his hard work over the years.

Doug Mills, Videographer of the local television program, “The Heartland Series”, provided his outstanding photography skills to capture the Celebration attendees. Click here to view event photos.  Holly Hambright’s crew and the Pour Guys took care of guests with a Southern menu that included: Holly’s Famous Candied Bacon, Deviled Eggs, Marblegate Farm Caprese Salad, Fresh Peas with Mint and Lemon, Roasted Pork Tenderloin Sliders, and Black Bean and Corn Salad.  Door prizes included a rain barrel donated by the Water Quality Forum, a University of Tennessee themed cornhole game, handmade and local wooden bracelets and a bottle stopper,  a handmade bluebird box from North Carolina, and a Tennessee themed gift basket.

The end of August is always a time of transition for FLC as we enjoy the annual Celebration with our Friends, say goodbye to summer, and hit the ground running with land conservation projects to close by the year’s end.  Staff is currently working on land preservation partnerships in  multiple Tennessee counties and states! The second half of the year is always a busy one for completing land preservation partnerships and we can’t wait to share the news as these projects become official conservation easement agreements. If you have an interest in learning more about preserving your land in it’s natural state or as a working farm, please contact the FLC office at 865-681-8326, visit our Landowner’s Page, as well as info on the now permanent enhanced Federal tax incentive for conservation easement donations.

Again, many thanks to all that came out for a memorable evening and we’ll see you again next year!

– The FLC Team

To view 2018’s Celebration photos – click here

To view 2017’s  Celebration photos – click here

To view 2016’s  Celebration photos – click here

About Foothills Land Conservancy: Now in our 33rd year of service, FLC has assisted in the preservation of over 100,000 acres of cherished mountains, working farms, and rural landscapes in 38 Tennessee counties and across 6 additional states!  2017 was another banner year for the Conservancy! In addition to relocating our organization out to the 300 acre Harris Farm and adding two staff biologists to the team, FLC preserved close to 15,700 acres! Foothills is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and does not receive any financial assistance from local, state or federal governments. We rely on individual and corporate contributions solely to sustain our organization, land acquisition and stewardship funds. For more info, visit www.foothillsland.org. 

2017 was another banner year for the Conservancy! Our organization relocated to a permanent home on 300 preserved acres in Blount County, TN. Click here to learn about FLC’s new office at the Harris Farm. We also added new staff members. Click here to view their bios as well as the other staff members and our Board of Directors.  The Conservancy is excited to announce that our organization received a gift of 1,000 acres in Roane County – click here to read the details! In addition to these major milestones, FLC preserved close to 16,500 acres. Here are a few numbers to highlight:

  • 46 land preservation projects were completed within 15 Tennessee counties and the 5 states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
  • These 16,500 acres will join over 90,000 cumulative acres FLC has assisted in preserving since our organization’s beginnings in 1985.
  • In addition to the 1,000 acre Fourman track in Roane County, Foothills has also partnered with landowners on an additional 738 acres in our regional East Tennessee community of Blount, Cocke, Knox, and Loudon counties.

Check out FLC’s 2018 Spring Newsletter & 2017 Annual Report!

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All of FLC’s 2017 project pictures and descriptions are linked in the report above! Here are a few highlights…

500 Acres on English Mountain in Cocke County, TN, has now been preserved!

FLC is excited to announce that close to 500 acres on English Mountain, located in Cocke County, TN, have now been protected through a land preservation agreement. (Pictured) A view from the property looking out at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The property is being preserved for it's scenic open space forests, rock outcrops, and the protection of the relatively natural habitat corridor for wildlife. The acreage includes upland forest, steep cove forest and ridgetop pine forest. During a site visit FLC staff noted that the property was rich in plant diversity with 39 species of trees along with 98 woody and herb species.

FLC is excited to announce that close to 500 acres on English Mountain, located in Cocke County, TN, have now been protected through a land preservation agreement. (Pictured) A view from the property looking out at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This property is being preserved for it’s scenic open space forests, rock outcrops, and the protection of the relatively natural habitat corridor for wildlife. The acreage includes upland forest, steep cove forest and ridgetop pine forest. During a site visit FLC staff noted that the property was rich in plant diversity with 39 species of trees along with 98 woody and herb species.

1,000 Acres in Roane County, TN, has now been preserved!

In 2017, FLC received a land donation of 1,000 acres in Roane County - a beautiful property with creeks, woodlands and scenic views. This is a staff photo of a spillway along Piney Creek.  A portion of Piney Creek and White’s Creek are located inside the property boundaries and are considered a high priority conservation area by the TN State Wildlife Action Plan. Click here to read more about this land donation.

In 2017, FLC received a land donation of 1,000 acres in Roane County, TN – a beautiful property with creeks, woodlands and scenic views. This is a staff photo of a spillway along Piney Creek. A portion of Piney Creek and White’s Creek are located inside the property boundaries and are considered a high priority conservation area by the TN State Wildlife Action Plan. Plans are to transfer the property to the State of Tennessee’s Wildlife Resources Agency. Click here to read more about this land donation.

347 Acres in Bledsoe County, TN, has now been preserved!

The images above highlight a recently preserved 347 acre property in Bledsoe County, TN.  This land is being preserved for it's scenic open space, forests, views of the Sequatchie Valley, and the protection of a natural habitat corridor for wildlife.  Photos (clockwise from top left): Expansive view of Sequatchie Valley along property's ridgeline.  FLC Land Director, Meredith Clebsch, observes escarpment formations near the property's homestead. The property also includes a 15 acre man-made lake.  A fern lined creek runs through the property. 8 species of ferns were noted during a staff site visit.

The images above highlight a recently preserved 347 acre property in Bledsoe County, TN. This land is being preserved for it’s scenic open space, forests, views of the Sequatchie Valley, and the protection of a natural habitat corridor for wildlife. Photos (clockwise from top left): Expansive view of Sequatchie Valley along property’s ridgeline. FLC Land Director, Meredith Clebsch, observes escarpment formations near the property’s homestead. The property also includes a 15 acre man-made lake. A fern lined creek runs through the property. 8 species of ferns were noted during a site visit.

Click here to read about FLC’s 2016 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2015 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to read about FLC’s 2014 Land Preservation Projects!

Click here to make a donation to Foothills Land Conservancy. FLC is dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the lands and environments of the Southern Appalachian region and promoting the character of the land for the general public, now and in the future. FLC is a 501(c)(3) and does not receive any financial assistance from local, state or federal governments. We rely on individual and corporate contributions solely to sustain our organization, land acquisition and stewardship funds.

“During my 12 years at FLC I have never experienced such a large, natural area being donated directly to the Conservancy and so unexpectedly. It was one of those rare moments that will always be a highlight for me during my career at Foothills.”                                                                          - Bill Clabough, FLC’s Executive Director

Bill and Billy at Fourman

(Left) – FLC’s Exec. Dir., Bill Clabough, and FLC Board Member, Billy Minser, visit the Fourman property. (Right) Rock formations along Piney Creek, located inside the preserved tract. Additional images are below.

On a chilly day back in February of 2017 FLC’s Executive Director, Bill Clabough, spoke to an audience at Asbury Place, a retirement community in Blount County, TN. The group wanted to hear all about Foothills and questions arose such as, ‘What does FLC do exactly?  Where are some of the preserved properties located and what are they like?” One gentleman in the front row seemed to have a particular interest in land preservation. His name is Don Fourman and, unbeknownst to the Conservancy, he had quite a large preservation project of his own in mind.

Mr. Fourman owned close to 1,000 acres of natural lands in Roane County – a beautiful property with creeks, woodlands, scenic views along with a unique history – and he had been considering how best to preserve this property for future generations. One of the tract’s borders adjoins the 11,000 acre Mount Roosevelt State Wildlife Management Area (WMA). After a few initial conversations with the Conservancy, along with staff and Board site visits, Don Fourman deeded the property to FLC in March of 2017.

The Conservancy is excited to announce that this tract now has an FLC conservation easement on it and has been conveyed to the State of Tennessee’s Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  TWRA plans to manage and steward the property as part of the Mount Roosevelt State WMA.

Click here to learn more about FLC’s other 2017 land projects!

The Fourman property now joins the 100,000 cumulative acres FLC has been a part of protecting – across 35 Tennessee Counties and the 6 additional states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

 Foothills appreciates any and all gifts given to the Conservancy –
no tract of land or monetary donation is too small or too large!

 EVERY GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Your donation assists FLC with protecting lands, like Don Fourman’s, all over the Southeast!

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2017 Summer Celebration Photos

These photos are courtesy of Doug Mills.

To view 2016’s Celebration Photos – click here

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