Foothills Land Conservancy celebrated another successful land preservation year in 2015 with the completion of a record number 24 land partnerships totaling 7215 acres. These projects span 5 states and cover 7 Tennessee counties! To date, FLC’s cumulative land preservation efforts now cover 65,900 acres within the 7 states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and recent additions of Alabama and Virginia. FLC’s projects also involve two new Tennessee counties – Clay and Humphreys. FLC has also received 4 fee-simple land donations.
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. To view FLC’s latest conservation projects in 2015, click here.