East Tennessee is special - its beauty, heritage, and people are truly one of a kind. Stretching through the band of counties that extends from the Cumberland Plateau to the Appalachian Mountains - this diverse landscape has been enjoyed by generations of families. From working farms to woodlands, watersheds to community parks, Foothills has assisted in the preservation of 30,000 acres in 18 Tennessee counties.
The Foothills Land Conservancy, a private non-profit organization operating as a land trust, is dedicated to the preservation of the rich wildlife habitats, and the agriculture, scenic, and cultural resources of the foothills to the Great Smoky Mountains. Its ultimate goal is to lead the way to an East Tennessee that is a healthy place for both people and wildlife. Working with landowners, the Conservancy offers creative, free-market alternatives for the conservation of agricultural and forest lands. A community based land trust, the Conservancy is led by a volunteer board of directors experienced in planning, land and wildlife management, education, and real estate.
For our East Tennessee region, the most popular preservation method for land donors is through a conservation easement. This is a legal contract between a landowner and FLC describing activities that may take place on a property in order to protect the landís conservation value. Landowners continue to own, use and live on the land. The owner and FLC identify the conservation value of the property and then collaborate on which value is needed for easement inclusion. When an easement is signed and recorded, the owner (grantor) and FLC work together to protect the land.
* indicates conservation easements are held by FLC in this county