2012 Conservation Easements

News Release (March 2013)FLC Applauds Renewal of Conservation Tax Incentive

FLC Celebrates Another Record Setting Conservation Year!

Maryville, TN – It’s been another banner year for Foothills Land Conservancy. In December of 2012, FLC completed 12 conservation easement projects totaling 6625 acres – surpassing last year’s acreage number of 4400. To date, FLC has a total of 36,000 acres preserved. The total number of conservation easement agreements stands at 105, covering 21 counties! Here are the easement descriptions, primarily grouped by county:

Blount County

FLC’s 100th Easement ● Jarvis Property – 62 acres

Dr. Craig Jarvis helped FLC celebrate mark the organization’s 100th conservation easement agreement Friday by signing his second easement with Foothills to mark the occasion! FLC also has another reason to celebrate. Dr. Jarvis will be a returning Board Member in 2013. He has been associated with FLC since it started and has served intermittently on the Board throughout the years.

December’s signing will protect a 2nd property, which is in Blount County. The 62 acre tract is 50% wooded with most of the remainder in hay fields. The property is very close to Chilhowee Mountain and the 11,000 acre Foothills Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a vital buffer between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the developed areas outside the Park’s perimeter. Other natural areas in the vicinity include the 350 acre Kyker Bottoms WMA and the 8000 acre Tellico WMA3. The proximity of the Jarvis property to these areas adds a safe buffer habitat for maintaining healthy populations of resident and migratory wildlife species and as a reservoir of native plant species.

For Dr. Jarvis, the timing was right for the second easement, “we didn’t want it to change and we felt like because of that it was time to go ahead and give the easement on it also – so that we know from this moment on it won’t change.”

Back in 2007, Jarvis permanently preserved close to 478 acres in Monroe County. Located in the wooded foothills of the Unicoi Mountains, the majority of the acreage from the first easement is forested with 2nd and 3rd growth oak, hickory and pine.  Views from the west side of that tract offer sites of Starr Mountain and the Cherokee National Forest.

Loudon County

Cline Property (56 acres) Also celebrating their second conservation easement with Foothills are Drs. Richard & Kim Cline. Back in 2008, the Cline’s put close to 220 acres in an easement with FLC. 120 acres of that tract are woodlands that consist primarily of 100-150 year old oak and hickory trees. The remainder is in pasture and crop land.

Both practicing physicians, the Cline’s wanted to continue to protect their land from development emerging in the area by placing a second easement on an adjoining 56 acre tract. Portions of Loudon County that include Tellico Village and Lenoir City are becoming quite popular. The Cline’s property sits on an area that is subject to development due to its proximity to Highway 321. The property also lies close to three Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs: Fort Loudon Lake, Watts Bar Reservoir on the Tennessee River, and the Tellico Reservoir on the Little Tennessee River.

About 2/3 of the second tract is currently in hay fields with at least two wildlife plots under current cultivation. The forested sections contain both evergreen and deciduous trees.

Warren County

The Dry Creek conservation easement is located in Warren County. The 433 acre tract is south of the town of McMinnville and within 20 miles of Fall Creek Falls State Park. The vast majority of the site is forested. Gently rolling plateau tops allow for scenic views. The easement will help to protect these high areas which provide part of the view shed for the valleys below.

Within 15 miles of the property, there are Several Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Areas. Hubbard’s Cave, considered by the Nature Conservancy as a “foremost cave preserve” (nature.org), is found within 4 miles of the Property. This State Natural Area is comprised of the cave and 50 surrounding acres and is home to large populations of endangered gray bats and Indiana bats. Within 10 miles is the Savage Gulf Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area, part of South Cumberland State Park. Big Bone Cave, 15 miles from the Property, is a National Natural Landmark.

Myers Cove- 460 acres – The property, located southeast of McMinnville, TN, is situated within the southwest portion of the Cumberland Plateau. Within a short driving distance from the Warren County property there are numerous parks including:  the northernmost portion of South Cumberland State Park, the 16,000 acres of Fall Creek Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park (which encompasses nearly 900 acres). The property’s location is also in close proximity to Cumberland Caverns, the fourth largest cave in the U.S.

This property is roughly 70% wooded with the remainder composed of fields in varying degrees of succession. Some of these fields consist primarily of native grasses; others are composed of a variety of grasses and forbs. Trees species include sourwood, tulip poplar, Virginia pine and shrub, dwarf sumac

The tract is drained by creeks that are part of the Collins River watershed. This watershed supports 28 known rare, threatened or endangered species of plants and animals, with 20 of these species known from within a four mile radius of the property. At least two year-round streams found on the property provide plentiful water to resident and migratory species. At this time these streams are minimally impacted by activities both on and off the property and so provide a high quality resource to the Collins River watershed area.

Van Buren County

The Goforth conservation easement, also situated in the Cumberland Plateau, is located in Van Buren County, Tennessee. The 395-acre tract is south of the town of Spencer and less than a mile from Fall Creek Falls. The property contains a creek, open fields and several groves of mature trees.  The proximity of both these preserved properties to these natural areas adds to a regional wildlife corridor. Continuity is an important ecological concept for sustainable habitat for plant and animal species.

The 500 acre Harper Branch property is situated on the southwestern portion of the Cumberland Plateau (south of Spencer, Tennessee). Within a short driving distance from this property, lies the northernmost portion of South Cumberland State Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park.

Roughly 2/3 of the Harper Branch property is in early-successional grasses, forbs and shrubs with the remainder in mature loblolly pine plantation. Grasses such as Broomsedge, Rabbit Tobacco, Green Sawbriar, Dwarf Sumac, and Canada Goldenrod are prominent.

Adjacent to 1.5 miles of the Property’s southern boundary includes the more diverse habitat and culturally historic Trail of Tears (Northern Route), which is a narrow band of about 200’ wide of older growth timber in largely mixed hardwoods and some pines.  The forb and sub-canopy layers on the Trail of Tears are fairly diverse in natives and together provide quality food sources, nesting and cover for many native wildlife and invertebrate species.

Headwaters for three streams that drain to the nearby Rocky River originate on the Property. The Harper Branch tract lies within the immediate watershed of the Rocky River which was classified in the Tennessee Department of Environment and
Conservation’s Tennessee Rivers Assessment Report of 1998 as being of regional significance.  24 rare aquatic species are noted within the watershed.

Cane Creek – 345 acres  – The property is nearly 100% in woodland with about 75% in planted pine plantations and the remainder in mixed oak forest (within the drainages and riparian areas). The large areas of public lands in the region include the 20,000 acres of the Fall Creek Falls State Park and Natural Area which is less than one mile from the Property, and the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness totaling almost 15,000 acres less than ten miles away.

As an almost completely forested landscape, the Cane Creek property functions as an especially important buffer to the adjacent conservation areas and is a critical component in the support of regional continuity and ecological viability of wildlife corridors between these vast protected public lands on the Cumberland Plateau, Cumberland Escarpment and Cumberland Mountains. The property is located within the Caney Fork River watershed and contains the source of the Whetstone Fork of Cane Creek, which then flows into nearby Fall Creek Falls State Park and supports Cane Creek Falls, a popular destination in the Park.

Currently a 60,000 acre wilderness corridor is envisioned by Conservationists who hope to link Scott’s Gulf to Bledsoe State Forest and Fall Creek Falls State Park. The Cane Creek Property would at lease serve as a buffer, and therefore conserving the property in its natural state would further the goal of establishing a vast, unbroken corridor.

Piney Cumberland (439 acres) -This easement adjoins another conservation tract of 464 acres, called Meadow Creek. These tracts are located in close proximity to Fall Creek Falls State Park, providing a regional corridor for wildlife.

The easement protects a reach of Piney Creek and associated tributaries. Piney Creek is a major tributary for Cane Creek, which flows into Fall Creek Falls State Park.

The majority of the site is forested and dominated by oaks with white oak appearing to be the most dominant tree, followed by red, black and occasionally southern red oaks. As these oak trees mature, they begin to produce mast acorns that provide winter food important for survival.A population of worthy shield lichen was found within the easement. Although this species is not on the Tennessee list of rare species, it has Federal status as a Federal Species of Concern. A short list of plant species was compiled during the field survey. A total of 121 species were recorded. The list includes 26 species of trees, 23 species of shrubs and vines, 57 herbaceous species and 15 non-vascular species.

Van Buren & Bledsoe Counties

The Meadow Creek property adjoins the Piney Cumberland tract (439 acres). The majority of Meadow Creek’s 466 acres is forested and located in close proximity to Fall Creek Falls State park, providing a regional corridor for wildlife. The easement protects a reach of Piney Creek and associated tributaries. Piney Creek is a major tributary for Cane Creek, which flows into Fall Creek Falls State park. Numerous species of trees, shurbs, vines, plants (including non-vascular species) are found on the property.

Coffee & Grundy Counties

3 adjacent FLC conservation easements totaling 3469 acres in Coffee & Grundy Counties! Wild Boar – 1112 acres; Pull Tight – 1130 acres; Land South – 1227 acres

For Keith Thompson, the Manager of all three preserved tracts listed above, the idea to have large, permanently conserved acreage in the Cumberland wilderness surrounding a 100 acre camp and ministry is a dream come true. “Once we started to explore the property we found quail and duck habitat. We look forward to starting a timber/forestry management program. The former sand mines now house springs that stay full all the time and are full of fish. It’s perfect for fly fishing and even teaching someone how to flyfish! We hope to break ground on the ministry sometime in 2014.”

Roughly two thirds of all 3400 acres consist of mixed hardwoods, with one third consisting of lakes, open fields and a former sand mine. Throughout the three tracts ephemeral wetlands have been noted. Much of the perimeter of the property includes the cliffs and ledges of the Cumberland escarpment – offering up a diversity of wildlife, plants and habitat types. Several rare plants have been noted near or on the property including American smoke tree and Fameflower.

According to Meredith Clebsch, FLC’s Land Director, “the Cumberland Wilderness properties may be the most ecologically diverse easements FLC holds to date. The Cumberland Escarpment, the Cumberland Plateau and the valley below together offer a great variety of habitat types and opportunities for diversity of flora and fauna. The steep slopes of the escarpment tend to be less disturbed and so retain many elements of the unique communities that have naturally evolved there. Geologic diversity is an important factor in the complexity of the flora on the properties and also creates an incredibly scenic environment. The sandstone cliffs and rockhouses are simply dramatic and exciting to explore. We are looking forward to learning a great deal from these properties.”

For more information about these conservation easements or other FLC projects/programs, please contact Bill Clabough at 865-755-3883 or by email at bclabough@foothillsland.org.

Mission Statement – Foothills Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the lands and environments of East Tennessee and promoting the character of the region for the benefit of the general public, now and in the future.

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Clarence Coffee, 2nd from left, discusses the savanna flora with workshop attendees. Clarence, retired TWRA, was instrumental in promoting the need to restore these landscapes to support threatened wildlife and plant species.

Workshop participants investigate the effects of burning on Catoosa WMA.

On September 5-6 FLC’s Land Director, Meredith Clebsch, attended the Woodland and Savanna Management Workshop in Crossville, TN.  The program was put on by the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture and TWRA to support the restoration of landscapes, especially in the plateau region, to historical woodland/savanna communities that support grassland bird species. Grassland birds are among the most imperiled of all North American birds primarily due to loss of historical habitat.  It is estimated that less than 1% of this habitat remains.  Included in this group of birds are Northern bobwhite quail, a number of sparrow species, Prairie and Blue-winged warblers and yellow breasted chats.

These communities are known to have occurred across large acreages in the middle Tennessee and western Kentucky region priorto human habitation.  Many of thesecommunities have been vastly altered from their original state due to fire reduction practices and agricultural activities and may no longer be readily recognized on the landscape. However the structure and diversity of plants they support are critical to many declining grass and shrub-land species.
The workshop was developed to aid land managers in understanding the components of woodland and savanna communities, the value these vanishing landscapes provide, and how best to restore these critical habitats.  The information presented provided land managers and consultants with resources to better understand savanna and woodland community types and the knowledge to better manage these forgotten ecosystems.
In a nutshell, what has to happen is the reduction of the tree canopy to something less than 50% to allow enough light to the ground for a diverse mix of grasses and other herbaceous species as well and shrubs to flourish.  This means most of the sub canopy is removed.  Much of the discussion focused on the use of fire and what the most effective burning schedule is to establish and maintain these landscapes. We observed the results of various fire management regimes in a tour of Catoosa Wildlife Management Area which has been working to restore these landscapes since the mid-1980s.  Burning in the growing season, August and September, is now being recommended as most effective for reducing the woody cover.
Now that FLC has thousands of acres in easements on the plateau and more to come, we hope this information will be useful to those concerned about wildlife habitat management for this important community.
For more information about this topic visit the Central Hardwood Joint Venture.

FLC Photography Tours

Private Lands Photo Tour with Foothills Land Conservancy

Although this event has already passed, please email eeustace@foothillsland.org if there is any interest in taking photos for FLC!

(Click here to view a short video about FLC - Produced by Doug Mills of the Heartland Series!)

Photographer Mark Lewis and FLC Board Member, Dick Conley, on location at a Rhone County farm (property preserved with an FLC conservation easement agreement). Photoshoot for Sept. 2010 issue of TN Conservationist Magazine.

UPDATED DETAILS: This tour will focus on 3 Sevier County easements and, depending on time, a late afternoon visit to a farm in Blount County. What to expect? Scenic views atop Bluff Mountain, fall leaf color, creeks, woods, wildlife, wide shots of the valley along Walden’s Creek. At one of the properties, farmer, FLC Board Member and Conservation Easement donor, Mike Suttles, will provide background about his family’s farm and can answer any questions about the valley. Foothills Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity on privately owned land from the Cumberland Plateau to the Smoky Mountains.  On Saturday, October 13th, FLC staff will lead a photographers’ tour of properties selected from the 90 that have been protected by conservation easements.  Foothills has arranged permissions from land owners for this rare opportunity to scout properties that are usually not available to most photographers.  Bring your gear for a day capturing images that tell the story of farms, open spaces, biodiversity, water quality management and the unique reasons these properties should be preserved. It’s possible that some of these lands could be used for unique workshops or individual photographers may be able to form relationships with land owners for future visits and images few others have chances to capture.  On the tour, talk with the staff about the direction your imagination takes you.

Of course, Foothills Land Conservancy will appreciate any images photographers are willing to share for the purpose of protecting more of our East Tennessee beauty.  Photographer credit will always be included.  Foothills actively seeks publication of its cause in numerous publications.

Additional Tour Details:

Meeting Details: The plan will be to meet at the FLC office at 9:30am on Saturday, October 13, 2012. FLC’s office location is 373 Ellis Avenue, Maryville, TN  37804. You can contact Elise with any questions before the tour via cell phone at 865-201-5806. You may wish to carpool with friends, you can follow the Foothills staff in your own car and there will be some room in the staff cars as well. The tour should conclude at the FLC office around 5:00PM but participants can leave at any time. Tour is subject to cancellation if inclement weather occurs.

Reservation Required: Tour is Limited to 20 Spaces, please contact Elise Eustace with FLC to reserve your spot. She can be reached at (865) 681-8326 or eeustace@foothillsland.org.  Box lunches will be provided by Foothills for participants who register before October 5.  There is no fee for this tour.  Foothills wants to expand awareness of its important work.

Level of Difficulty: These will be primarily intermediate walks with a few places that might be difficult to get to. There will always be an option for individuals to decline a portion of the trip if it is not feasible. Please bring water, comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a mile or so at each property (we will visit around 4-5 properties).

What kind of shots can the photographer expect to make?: A wide variety – the East Tennessee landscape is diverse and so are the properties we will be visiting. We will more than likely visit one to two farms, open spaces/natural areas, rivers/creeks, and a few that offer a scenic views. All images are welcome but we would like to get a few shots of landowners (with their permission) wildlife, native flora and fauna, scenic views and water images. Finalized tour details will be sent to participants in the coming weeks.

2011 Conservation Easement Projects

Now in our 27th year of service as a land trust, FLC has assisted in the preservation of 30,000 acres in 18 Tennessee counties. This past year Foothills partnered with landowners on nineteen land protection projects covering 4400 acres! Recent easements include two Tennessee Century Farms in Monroe County, 120 acres along the French Broad in Knox County, a 364 tract in Blount County (Camp Montvale) and 1700 acres within the Cumberland Plateau (Scott, Overton & Cumberland Counties).

The following links provide an overview of our 2011 easements:

Part 1 - Blount County – Monroe County (2 Century Farms) – Union County

Part 2Cumberland County – Overton County – Scott County

Part 3Blount County – Jackson County – Knox County – Meigs County – Roane County – Williamson County

Part 4Blount County – Bradley County – Knox County

To View FLC’s 2012 Conservation Easement Projects: Click Here

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Media Article about FLC’s 2011 land projects:

The Daily Times – Camp Montvale Site Preserved

Each year since 1965, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) has honored a select group of leaders in the conservation and stewardship of wildlife and their habitat in Tennessee. This year, East Tennessee’s Foothills Land Conservancy (FLC) was honored with the Conservation Organization of the Year award during the 46th Annual TWF Conservation Achievement Awards. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

Foothills Land Conservancy receives TWF’s Conservation Organization of the Year award. (Pictured left to right) Dan Hammond, TWF’s Chairman of the Board; Ernie Blankenship, FLC Board Member; and Elise Eustace, FLC Communication & Development Director.

Foothills Land Conservancy receives TWF’s Conservation Organization of the Year award. (Pictured left to right) Dan Hammond, TWF’s Chairman of the Board; Ernie Blankenship, FLC Board Member; and Elise Eustace, FLC Communication & Development Director.

“These awards recognize those individuals and organizations that have made truly meaningful contributions to conservation in Tennessee and to TWF,” says Michael Butler, TWF’s chief executive officer. “The great work of our past winners lives on today, and the current generation is building upon those successes. Without their willingness to take action, we would have failed in our mission, and we are proud to honor their contributions.”

A selection committee comprised of TWF members, Board representatives, conservation professionals and members of the media reviewed all nominations and decided on the winners.  Foothills Land Conservancy received the Conservation Organization of the Year award for outstanding achievement by an organization for work in some phase of conservation during the contest year.

2010 was a milestone year for Foothills! FLC celebrated the completion of the “25 in 25” campaign – preserving 25,000 East Tennessee acres by the organization’s 25th year of service. Launched in October of 2007, FLC committed to create a regional initiative that would maximize land owner interest while raising awareness of its mission throughout the community.

To date, FLC has:

  • established, assisted or donated over 10,000 acres of land for local parks and recreation areas.
  • conserved over 8900 acres of productive agricultural lands and natural areas between 2006 and 2010.
  • assisted landowners in creating over 70 conservation easement agreements in a total of 13 East Tennessee counties.

The mission of Foothills Land Conservancy is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural landscape of the East Tennessee region. FLC provides landowners the tools and resources to protect their property from development in perpetuity.  All conservation easement agreements coordinated through Foothills are voluntary, customizable, approved by a Board of Directors and monitored at least once a year. FLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and does not receive any financial support from federal, state, or local governments.

Media Coverage

Chattanooga.com Article

To learn more about Foothills Land Conservancy, please visit their website at www.foothillsland.org or contact their office at 865-681-8326.

A special thank you to all of our Friends…

For another successful Summer Celebration!


Photo Courtesy: Doug Mills

A special thank you to all of our Friends for helping to make this year’s Celebration one of the most successful to date! Close to 300 guests mingled among the pastures and gardens at Christine Hayworth’s Penrose Farm – a perfect location for FLC’s annual friend and fundraiser.  FLC Board and staff visited with and thanked our individual and corporate Friends while updating them on Foothills’ programs. Despite a few summer showers,  festivities got underway with delicious food from Holly’s Eventful Catering and beverages served by the Pour Guys. A special thank you to Campbell Tent & Party Rental, Stellar Visions & Sound and our many wonderful volunteers!

 This is the fifth year Christine Hayworth has graciously hosted FLC’s annual friend and fundraiser at her 130 acre equestrian center and horse farm. In 2007, Mrs. Hayworth partnered with FLC to place a conservation easement on the property, permanently preserving the natural features of the property, which also boasts outstanding views of the foothills and Great Smoky Mountains.

Foothills’ annual Celebration is a time to visit with other FLC supporters in a relaxed setting while celebrating the Foothills mission to preserve, protect and enhance the Tennessee landscape. This past year was a third consecutive record-breaking year and a ‘best ever’ record for Foothills Land Conservancy, with well in excess of 11,000 acres protected. To date, we have preserved over 46,000 acres in 26 Tennessee counties!

2014 Celebration Photos

Celebration Write Up in the Knoxville News Sentinel by Megan Venable

Click here to view photos courtesy of Chuck Cooper.

 Photos Below Courtesy of Doug Mills.




The support of our Friends assists us with land preservation projects, community outreach and operating expenses. To make a donation to the Foothills Land Conservancy, please visit our Donate Now page.


FLC’s 2014 Sponsors & Hosts

 2014 Sponsors

*Indicates a returning sponsor!


Pilot Corporation*


Mast General Store*




Baker Donelson, PC*                     
Blount Gastroenterology Assoc.*         
Burley Stabilization Corp.*                 
Chervenak & Associates, PC*       
CH2M HILL*                                    
Duo Fast of Knoxville*                       
Energy Solutions*                         
Furrow Auction Company*        
Gilmartin Engineering Works         
Hines & Company, P.C.                
Information International Assoc.*  
Leidos Engineering*
Little River Trading Company *Indicates a returning sponsor!
Long, Ragsdale & Waters, PC*
Mark Jendrek, PC*
ORNL Federal Credit Union*
Penrose Farm*
Renasant Bank*
Resource Advisory Services*
Restoration Services, Inc.
Retirement Planning Services*
The Trust Company*
UT Battelle*

2014 Hosts

Honey & Sen. Lamar Alexander
Kim & Mike Arms
Angie & Steve Arnett
Lucretia & William Atterson
Bob Baldani
Sheila & Dr. Charlie Barnett
Marjorie & John Beasley
Marty & David Black
Pat & Ernie Blankenship
B.J. & Gerald Boyd
Priscilla & Jim Campbell
Vicki & Jeff Chapman
Terry A. Chervenak
Betsy Child & Paul Barber
Ben C. Clark, Jr.
Jay Clark
Linda & Pete Claussen
Madge & Barry Cleveland
Donna & Bill Cobble
Dr. Mary Cushman
Karen Eberle
Bonita & John Eschenberg
Pat & Homer Fisher
Judi & David Forkner
Jenny Freeman & Bill Allen
Rachel & Dr. Gerald Gibson
Drs. Karen & Barry Goss
Gail P. Harris
Christine ‘Teenie’ Hayworth
Jean Hicks & Addison West
Robin Hill
Jenny Hines & Tom Jester
Frances & Jerry Hodge
Susan & J.T. Howell
Norma & Wes James
Debbie & Dr. Craig Jarvis
Mary & Mark Jendrek
Jamie & Steve Jones
Marilyn & Lewis Kearney
Ann & Mark King
Christie & David Lewis
Susan & David Long
Karen & Billy Minser
Pam & Mike Parton
Drs. Marie & John Peine
Betsy Prine
Kim Raia
Rep. Bob Ramsey 
Sara & Jack Rose
Courtney Russell & David Branton
Darlene & Ed St. Clair
Judy & David Shiflett
Billy Stair
Mary Kay & Bill Sullivan
Nancy & Bob Van Hook
Kathy & David Wallace
Ruth & Steve West
Kathy & John Wilbanks
Karlyn & David Zandstra


2013 Celebration Photos: Randy Purcell Photography & Chuck Cooper Photography

Knoxville News Article – FLC Touts Accomplishments at Annual Celebration

Daily Times Article –   Protecting the Land August 2013



FLC Publications & News Releases

For 2014 & 2015 Publications, click here.

2013 Publications

2012 Publications

  • 2012 Conservation Projects – Click Here

  • FLC’s 2012 Spring Newsletter & 2011 Annual Report – Click Here

  • FLC’s East TN Land Conservation Programs – Brochure

2011 Publications

For additional Foothills publications, click here.

FLC’s Monthly Electronic Newsletter sign up: FLC’s webpage


Media Articles

Daily Times Article (Dec 2012) – FLC Signs 100th Easement
Check out the Tennessee Cooperator Magazine’s (May 2012 Issue) – Foothills Land Conservancy Helps Protect Property for Future Generations
The Daily Times Editorial (May 2012) – FLC Helps Preserve Our Heritage

FLC’s Schedule of Events

Upcoming 2015 Events

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Sunday, October 18, 2015: Join us for FLC’s Fall Open House at Bluff Mountain (11am-3pm)

Photo Courtesy of Mike Naney.

Join FLC staff the afternoon of Sunday, October 18th, from 11am-3pm atop Bluff Mountain for an informal gathering that will include a fall update on FLC programs, light refreshments and an optional, short guided walk.  We would enjoy your company! There is no cost and reservations are not required. The meeting location is 3270 Greentop Road – Sevierville, TN 37876.  Please contact FLC Staff Member, Elise  Eustace, with any questions at 865-681-8326 or eeustace@foothillsland.org.


About Bluff Mountain: The Bluff Mountain Ecological Reserve was established in 2009. This 510 acres atop Chilhowee Mountain in Sevier County was bequeathed to the Foothills Land Conservancy by the late Marian E. Oates – a much loved and respected teacher, community volunteer, and conservationist. Once a favorite vacation spot for Marian’s grandparents and her father, Frank, back in the early 1900s, the site offers panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding counties, contains several springs, and provides for native plant and wildlife habitats. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Frank Oates developed a land acquisition plan to buy up tracts, eventually purchasing the very top of Bluff Mountain for $10,000. With a bit of patience and much excitement he and his wife, Emma Ree Crooks Oates, built their dream retirement home at this site in 1964. This land is now protected from commercial development through a conservation easement with Foothills Land Conservancy that was also made possible by Ms. Oates.



FLC is pleased to announce last week’s conservation easement signing on a 648 acre tract in Polk County. Surrounded on all sides by the 640,000 acre Cherokee National Forest, this property offers ridge top views of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Tributaries on the property allow for critical trout spawning habitat for both the Hiwassee and Ocoee River Watersheds. Property includes almost 2.5 miles of dense old-growth white pine and hemlock forest. Bill Clabough, FLC’s Executive Director, considers this a rare opportunity to preserve land that remains relatively untouched by human hands. “The beauty and environmental values of this property are in keeping with the forest lands surrounding it.  What an outstanding opportunity for Foothills to assist in the preservation of this natural area both for our community and wildlife habitat.”

Registration of Conservation Easement at Polk County Courthouse (left to right - Dan Owens, principal property owner; Bill Clabough, FLC Executive Director; Meredith CLebsch, FLC Land Director; Lewis Kearney, FLC Board Member; Elise Eustace, FLC Communication & Development Director

(pictured left to right) Catherine Gilreath, Conservation Easement Donor; FLC's Land Director, Meredith Clebsch; and FLC's Executive Director, Bill Clabough

Catherine Gilreath, a longtime Blount County resident and outdoors person/volunteer, recently decided to give back to her community in the form of a conservation easement.  Her wish to preserve a 11 acre tract stemmed from the experiences she had growing up and the desire to preserve the land for others. Gilreath says, “Sports kept me out of trouble. Growing up in Sevier County (Kodak) across the road from Beech Springs School, my sibling and I along with all the neighborhood kids, enjoyed the nearby outdoor recreational facilities. That’s why I wanted to specify that this property could be used for community soccer fields and for other recreational uses.”

The property includes a mix of open space and woodlands as well as a creek – all wonderful attributes for an outdoor sports area.

Picture of Gilreath's Property (Blount County)

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