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.

FLC celebrates 5,691 acres preserved in 2019! Here are a few highlights:

  • FLC partnered on 24 land projects totaling 5,691 acres within Tennessee and the surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
  • FLC placed a conservation easement on the 1,000 acre Fourman tract in Roane County, TN. Foothills also conveyed it to the State of Tennessee’s Wildlife Resources Agency. TWRA plans to manage and steward the property as part of the adjacent 11,000+acre Mount Roosevelt State Wildlife Management Area. Click here to view pictures and read more about this project!
  • In 2020, FLC celebrates 35 years as a regional land trust, having assisted with over 130,000 acres preserved and 300+ land preservation partnerships to date. Click here to read a recent article about FLC courtesy of the Daily Times “Foothills Land Conservancy takes stock and adapts to change”.

For additional information about FLC’s 2019 projects, as well as projects from other years, click here.

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┬áCounty, TN
  • Hardin County, TN
  • Hawkins County, TN
  • Humphreys County, TN
  • Jackson County, TN
  • Knox County, TN
  • Lake County, TN
  • Loudon County, TN
  • Marion County, TN
  • McMinn County, TN
  • Meigs County, TN
  • Monroe County, TN
  • Morgan County, TN
  • Overton County, TN
  • Perry County, TN
  • Polk County, TN
  • Putnam County, TN
  • Rhea County, TN
  • Roane County, TN
  • Robertson County, TN
  • Scott County, TN
  • Sequatchie County, TN
  • Sevier County, TN
  • Sumner County, TN
  • Union County, TN
  • Van Buren County, TN
  • Warren County, TN
  • White County, TN
  • Williamson County, TN


  • Autauga County, AL
  • Calhoun County, AL
  • Cherokee County, AL
  • Coosa County, AL
  • Dekalb County, AL
  • Elmore County, AL
  • Etowah County, AL
  • Franklin County, AL
  • Jackson County, AL
  • Jefferson County, AL
  • Lowndes County, AL
  • Macon County, AL
  • Montgomery County, AL
  • Randolph County, AL
  • Talladega County, AL
  • Tallapoosa County, AL


  • Burke County, GA
  • Carroll County, GA
  • Catoosa County, GA
  • Elbert County, GA
  • Floyd County, GA
  • Fulton County, GA
  • Haralson County, GA
  • Jefferson County, GA
  • Lumpkin County, GA
  • Madison County, GA
  • Meriwether County, GA
  • Murray County, GA
  • Oglethorpe, 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

  • Anderson County, SC
  • Fairfield County, SC
  • Richland County, SC
  • Williamsburg County, SC


  • Chesterfield County, VA
  • Scott County, VA


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