Areas We Protect

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 across the Southern Appalachian region. 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.

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 land’s 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. Click on FLC’s Landowners Page to learn more.

2017 was another banner year for the Conservancy! Our organization relocated to a permanent home on 300 preserved acres in Blount County, TN. Click here to learn about FLC’s new office at the Harris Farm. We also added new staff members. Click here to view their bios as well as the other staff members and our Board of Directors.  The Conservancy is excited to announce that our organization received a gift of 1,000 acres in Roane County! Click here to read the details. In addition to these major milestones, FLC preserved close to 16,500 acres. Here are a few numbers to highlight:

  • 46 land preservation projects were completed within 15 Tennessee counties and the 5 states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
  • These 16,500 acres will join over 90,000 cumulative acres FLC has assisted in preserving since our organization’s beginnings in 1985.
  • In addition to the 1,000 acre Fourman track in Roane County, Foothills has also partnered with landowners on an additional 738 acres in our regional community of Blount, Cocke, Knox, and Loudon counties

FLC’s service area continues to expand. Below and in bold is a list of all the counties in Tennessee and surrounding states where FLC has worked on land projects. We can also provide services to counties that are not listed below. Please call the Foothills office at 865-681-8326 for more information.


  • Benton County, TN
  • Bledsoe County, TN
  • Blount County, TN
  • Bradley County, TN
  • Campbell County, TN
  • Carter County, TN
  • Clay County, TN
  • Cocke County, TN
  • Coffee County, TN
  • Cumberland County, TN
  • Decatur County, TN
  • Fentress County, TN
  • Franklin County, TN
  • Gibson County, TN
  • Greene County, TN
  • Grundy County, TN
  • Hamilton County, TN
  • Hardin County, TN
  • Humphreys County, TN
  • Jackson County, TN
  • Knox County, TN
  • Loudon County, TN
  • Marion County, TN
  • McMinn County, TN
  • Meigs County, TN
  • Monroe County, TN
  • Overton County, TN
  • Perry County, TN
  • Polk County, TN
  • Rhea County, TN
  • Roane County, TN
  • Scott County, TN
  • Sequatchie County, TN
  • Sevier County, TN
  • Union County, TN
  • Van Buren County, TN
  • Warren County, TN
  • Williamson County, TN


  • Calhoun County, AL
  • Cherokee County, AL
  • Coosa County, AL
  • Dekalb County, AL
  • Elmore County, AL
  • Jackson County, AL
  • Montgomery County, AL
  • Talladega County, AL


  • Burke County, GA
  • Carroll County, GA
  • Elbert County, GA
  • Floyd County, GA
  • Haralson County, GA
  • Jefferson County, GA
  • Lumpkin County, GA
  • Madison County, GA
  • Pickens County, GA
  • Stephens County, GA
  • Taylor County, GA


  • Bell County, KY
  • Simpson County, KY
  • Warren County, KY

North Carolina

  • Chatham County, NC
  • Cherokee County, NC
  • Clay County, NC
  • Graham County, NC
  • Sampson County, NC
  • Watauga County, NC

South Carolina

  • Fairfield County, SC
  • Williamsburg County, SC


  • Chesterfield County, VA
  • Scott County, VA


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