Archive for June, 2017

Gary L. Moore stands next to a bale of hay on a 300 acre farm in Rockford, TN with FLC's new office headquarters behind him. . This farm is now owned and managed by the Foothills Land Conservancy.

Gary L. Moore stands next to a bale of hay on a 300 acre farm in Rockford, TN with FLC’s new office headquarters behind him. This farm is now owned and managed by the Foothills Land Conservancy.

Maryville, TN – Foothills Land Conservancy is excited to announce Gary L. Moore to the FLC team as an Agriculture Specialist. Mr. Moore, who joined the team in June of 2017, will be responsible for farmer/landowner outreach and education regarding land preservation partnerships, formally referred to as conservation easements. Gary will also be involved in working with landowners as they move through the process of permanently preserving their farm or property.

Gary Moore’s entire career and life has been dedicated to the field of agriculture – the production, education, conservation, and protection of farmland. Gary says, “I was born in Shelbyville, TN, of Bedford County in 1956 with father passing away and my mother remarrying soon afterwards, I soon found myself at 9 years old living and working on a farm in College Grove, TN of Williamson County from 1965-1975. —Our farming operation of 300 acres consisted of corn, wheat, soybeans, burley tobacco, lespedeza hay, wheat straw, beef cattle, swine, and truck farming/gardening.”

Gary graduated from college in 1979 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, with a BS degree in Plant and Soil Science and a minor in Environmental Science. His longest career was with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service which totaled over 37 years as a soil/district conservationist in Davidson, Blount, Robertson, Pickett, Lauderdale, DeKalb, Coffee, Cannon, and Grundy Counties of TN. This career revolved around the conservation of all natural resources on a farm or forest—soil, water, air, plant, animal plus the human and financial side of farming and or forestry. His first work experience with conservation easements was with NRCS as he enrolled acreage into the Wetlands Reserve Program and the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program.

Gary’s retirement in 2013 from NRCS lasted for a weekend as he began employment again for The Land Trust for TN as the Farmland Conservation Director for four years. Even in this short time, he was responsible for 48 conservation easements totaling over 12,500 acres of crop, pasture, hay and forest land uses protected from development forever.

Gary Moore and his wife Martha reside in Franklin, TN, and they share two daughters, Chelsie and Stacie, and one son, Jake. Gary Moore can be reached by cell at 615-970-0152 or by email at For additional requests or questions, please call the Foothills office at 865-681-8326.


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 and voluntary agreement 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 farm, 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. Now in their 32nd year of service, FLC has assisted in the preservation of over 90,000 acres of cherished mountains, working farms, and rural landscapes in 35 Tennessee counties and across 6 additional states! 2016 was FLC’s biggest land conservation year to date – completing a record total of 46 land preservation projects with 24,800 acres preserved. Last year’s projects were spread across 17 Tennessee counties and the 4 additional states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

In May of 2017, FLC moved their office headquarters to the Harris Farm, located in Blount County’s Rockford community. Back in 2009 Foothills’ founding member, Gail Harris, placed a conservation easement with Foothills on approximately 300 acres. Last year Gail gave FLC ownership of the farm but she will continue to live on the property. This is one of those rare opportunities for a land trust to have a permanent home – one with amazing history and potential.

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. For more information please contact the Foothills Land Conservancy office at 865-681-8326 or

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Foothills Land Conservancy ● 3402 Andy Harris Road ● Rockford, TN 37853


FLC’s Summer Celebration!

Saturday •  August 19, 2017 5pm-8:30pm

HOST LOCATION: RiverView Family Farm

RiverView Family Farm sits on 265 acres and is located on Fort Loudon Lake in the Concord community of west Knoxville. The farm has the Tennessee Century Farm designation and has been in the family for 7 generations. This is a working farm providing grain and grass fed beef and hay.

Every year, FLC’s Board of Directors, staff, Friends of the Foothills, Corporate Sponsors, and those interested in learning more about the organization get a chance to visit and hear about our project successes and highlights. And, we just enjoy spending time with each other – it’s a party! On behalf of FLC’s Board of Directors and staff we wanted to thank all of our Friends for joining us at FLC’s annual Summer Celebration!

FLC’s  program kicked off with a short presentation from FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough.  Bill highlighted that FLC has the potential, by the end of 2017, for another standout record year in regards to preserved acreage.  Bill also recognized all of the landowners FLC has worked with over the years who were in attendance, as well as the organization’s Board Members, staff and volunteers. In addition, he spoke about FLC’s move and ownership of the Harris Farm in Rockford, TN.

Doug Mills, Videographer of the local television program, “The Heartland Series”, provided his outstanding photography skills to capture the Celebration attendeesClick 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, Marblegate Farm Caprese Salad,  Pork & Chicken Sliders, along with assorted desserts, including Thumbprint cookies from Magpies. Door prizes included a rain barrel donated by the Water Quality Forum, a year subscription to the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine, a gift basket filled with Tennessee products, a hand made bluebird box out of NC and several other items.

Net proceeds from this year’s Celebration will go towards making the Harris Farm a permanent home for FLC, supporting our enduring mission to preserve, protect and enhnace the lands of the Southern Appalachian region. Now in our 32nd year of service, FLC has assisted in the preservation of over 90,000 acres of cherished mountains, working farms, and rural landscapes in 35 Tennessee counties and across 6 additional states

If you have any interest in supporting next year’s Celebration, becoming a 2018 Celebration Sponsor or an individual Host Committee member, please contact Elise Eustace at or 865-681-8326.

To view 2017′s  Celebration photos – click here

To view 2016′s  Celebration photos – click here

A special thank you to FLC’s 2017 Sponsors and Hosts!

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2017 Celebration Sponsors

2017 Celebration Hosts