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2009 Conservation Easements

As of December 4th, 2009, FLC has worked with landowners to preserve a total of 1,494 acres. We anticipate this month alone securing an additional 1,277. What’s left for 2010? If all goes according to plan, next year FLC and East Tennessee land owners will work together to protect an additional 1,892 acres. We are well on way to reaching our goal of protecting 25,000 acres by our 25th birthday next year.

Conservation easements are one of the most popular land preservation methods in the East Tennessee region. It’s basically an agreement between a landowner and conservancy describing activities that may take place on the land while protecting its conservation values. It is important to note with this type of easement landowners can continue to own, use, live, sell, lease, or donate their property. For more information about FLC’s land programs, please visit our Landowners page.

December 2009

Dan & Judy Batson – Knox County (5 acres)

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Dan & Judy Batson first learned of Foothills Land Conservancy a few years back through articles written in the local papers. One news clipping in particular caught their eye, it was a Knox County horse farm now protected from future development through an FLC conservation easement. The Batson’s realized if their neighbors could place an easement on their property they might also wish to do the same. Dan & Judy recently decided to sign an easement agreement with FLC on a 5 acre parcel, purchased in the 60’s by Dan’s parents. A unique aspect to this property is that the majority of the land resides under Fort Loudon Lake. For the Batson’s, protecting the views and environmental values along with encroaching development and a substantial marina next door all contributed to their final decision.

Patsy & Clifford Lynch – Monroe County (130 acres)

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Various portions of the Lynch property has been in Patsy’s family for 96 years. It was Patsy’s grandparents, the Patterson’s, on her mothers side that originally owned the land that provides an amazing view of Monroe County and the adjacent foothills to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Their property currently boasts several springs, an old barn, cattle, deer, turkey, red foxes and even hawks. When asked why it was important to sign an easement at this time in their life, Pasty Lynch responded that“everywhere we looked there are subdivisions, (preserved) land needs to be left for everyone to see the animals and trees”. The Lynch’s recently hosted 38 family members for Thanksgiving and enjoyed sharing this open and protected space with their East Tennessee relatives as well as kin from Lafayette & Albany, GA.

November 2009

Gail Harris – Blount County (314 acres)

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Charlie Lunsford – Blount County (500 acres)

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We are excited to report that Gail Harris and the Lunsford family each recently placed a conservation easement on their respective properties with FLC. Conservation easements are one of the most popular land preservation methods in the East Tennessee region. It’s basically an agreement between a landowner and conservancy describing activities that may take place on the land while protecting its conservation values. It is important to note with this type of easement that landowners can continue to own, use, live, sell, lease, or donate their property… Learn More

September 2009

Ruth Hoglan – Sevier County (6 acres)

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Ruth Hoglan asked herself one time, “If I had all the money and choice where would I go in the world?” Her answer, “Stay right where you are.” Ruth’s 6 acre tract was once part of a march larger piece of land owned by her family since the late 1700′s. So it’s no surprise that she ‘feels anchored here’ and adds that ‘nothing else could take it’s place – nothing else could be as good’. This special easement signing was also in memory of her father, Orton Duggan.

June 2009

Marian Oates – Sevier County (510 Acres)

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On Wednesday, June 24th Marian Oates celebrated her birthday and a few days later, her love of the land, with a donated conservation easement signing on her property. Now 510 acres of ridge tops and mountainsides will be protected in the counties of Sevier and Blount. Local conservation organizations – Foothills Land Conservancy and Legacy Parks Foundation -plan to co-hold the easement and are currently working together on several other projects throughout the East Tennessee region… Learn More

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