Our story

Since 1985, we’ve been working with property owners to conserve land in the Southeast.

Foothills Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that protects, preserves, and enhances the land of the Southern Appalachian region—and promotes it for the benefit of the public. We partner with landowners who want to protect their land for a variety of reasons: to keep it in the family, to protect sensitive habitats, or to preserve unique beauty that would otherwise be lost to development.

Farm Road with Flowers and Barn and Foothills

This is how is started.

FLC grew out of an effort in Blount County to prevent a 1200-acre amusement park from being built in Tuckaleechee Cove, a beautiful and historic community on the western slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Although the development didn’t materialize, a committed group of supporters realized that land conservation issues were here to stay—and a movement was born.

Over the years, we’ve enjoyed the leadership and support of many prominent Tennesseans who care about the amazing natural heritage that is our privilege and responsibility. Through their efforts, we’ve protected more than 200,000 acres as working farms, wildlife refuges, public greenways, and more.