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Jarvis Park Now Open to the Public!

Jarvis Park officially opens in Maryville!
A big thank you to Dr. Craig Jarvis, the City of Maryville, and landowners Betty Duncan & Jim Cornett for preserving this natural area while also providing public access. The new park boasts close to a mile of walking trails, two 250+ year old oak trees and a meandering creek that junctions with Duncan Spring.

Jarvis Park Map

Trail Map of Jarvis Park – Click on photo to enlarge

In 2018, FLC’s Board and staff partnered with Dr. Jarvis to place 9+ acres of the park into a conservation easement, an agreement which permanently protects the land from future commercial or residential development. The tract was then transferred to the City of Maryville the following year. That same year two adjacent tracts totaling 37+ acres were also placed into a conservation easement and transferred to the City of Maryville. Future plans include adding these 37 acres for the park’s expansion.

Jarvis Park, located less than a mile and half southeast of downtown Maryville, is one of the few remaining intact woodlands in the area and is bordered by open farm fields, residential development, and a rock quarry operation. The park’s preserved acreage joins at least 20 other conservation easements held by Foothills Land Conservancy within 10 miles, totaling over 4,000 acres of protected land in the immediate area.

Daily Times article: Jarvis Park Officially Opens in Maryville

Daily Times article: Doctors Land Donation to Become Tranquil Public Park in Maryville


FLC Celebrates 30 Years and Another Banner Conservation Year!

2015 Projects2016 FLC Spring Newsletter & 2015 Annual Report

In 2015 Foothills Land Conservancy celebrated another successful conservation year with the completion of a record number of land projects within a one year period – 24 land partnerships totaling 7215 acres. These projects span 5 states and cover 7 Tennessee counties! To date, FLC’s cumulative land preservation efforts now cover 65,900 acres within the 7 states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and recent additions of Alabama and Virginia. FLC’s projects also involve two new Tennessee counties – Clay and Humphreys. FLC has also received 4 fee-simple land donations.

In other good news, the US Congress recently passed a bill that will make the tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent. Once signed into law the incentive will be applied retroactively to start Jan. 1, 2015. “I consider the permanent tax incentive for conservation easements icing on the cake of an amazing year. We’ve had another successful year for Foothills and it happens to be a milestone year for us as well – celebrating 30 years as a regional land trust,” says Bill Clabough, FLC’s Executive Director. He adds, “This year’s conservation easement partnerships, support from all of our Friends, and our diversified Board of Directors are the major reasons for our continued phenomenal growth and expansion of our service area.”

Below are a few highlights of our 2015 projects. (Select a photo to enlarge.)

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About Conservation Easements: For private landowners who wish to ensure their property stays in its natural state or as a working farm ‘in perpetuity’, or forever, they can opt to enter into a conservation easement agreement with a land trust. This customizable contract describes the activities allowed on the property like hiking, camping, firewood cutting, and farming, but often prohibits things like mining and future commercial or residential development. Landowners who place a conservation easement on their property can continue to own, use, sell, live on or bequeath their land.

About 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. They rely on individual and corporate contributions solely to sustain their organization, land acquisition and stewardship funds. Anyone wishing to learn more about FLC, can visit or contact the Foothills office at 865-681-8326 or

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Media Links:

January 2016 Article – Knoxville News Sentinel ‘Foothills Land Conservancy enjoys another record year’, click here.

December 2015 Article – Maryville Daily Times ‘FLC Protects more than 7000k acres’, click here.

November 2015 Article – Maryville  Daily Times ‘Land Conservancy’s Big Year’, click here.

Read about FLC’s 2014 Land Projects, click here.

To make a donation to FLC, click here.


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