Check out FLC's many milestones and successes!

2020

FLC celebrated 35 years as a regional land trust! To date, the Conservancy has assisted in the preservation of 135,000 acres across Tennessee and the surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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From 2015 to 2020, FLC doubled the total number of acres preserved, which now stands at 135,000 acres!

From 2015 to 2020, FLC doubled the total number of acres preserved, which now stands at 135,000 acres!

Image of the Piney River that cuts through the 1,000 acre tract.

2019

FLC Donates 1,000 Acres in Roane County to the State of Tennessee!

Don Fourman transferred ownership of his 1,000 acres of natural lands in Roane County – a beautiful property with creeks, woodlands, and scenic views – to FLC so that it could be preserved for future generations.

The property adjoins the 11,000-acre Mount Roosevelt State Wildlife Management Area (WMA). In 2019, FLC placed a conservation easement on the property and conveyed the tract to the State of Tennessee’s Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). TWRA plans to manage and steward the property as part of the Mount Roosevelt State WMA.

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Image of the Piney River that cuts through the 1,000 acre tract.

2018

2018 was a record year for the Conservancy with 51 land conservation projects totaling 18,000 acres - covering 21 Tennessee counties and 5 surrounding states. Three of these projects are noted by TDEC’s Division of Archeology to have historic Trail of Tears routes within the property boundaries.

Image looking out from a 948 acre preserved property into Sequatchie Valley in Rhea County, TN.

Image looking out from a 948 acre preserved property into Sequatchie Valley in Rhea County, TN.

2017

FLC moves our organization's headquarters out to the Harris Farm. That same year, Foothills also preserved close to 15,700 acres within 15 Tennessee counties and 5 surrounding states.

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2016

Another record setting year for FLC with 24,800 preserved acres spread across 17 Tennessee Counties and the 4 additional states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Image (pictured) of a 1,070 acre property preserved with an FLC conservation easement back in 2016. The property is located within the city of Harriman. Walden Ridge traverses the entire length of the property. This ridge actually stretches 74 miles along the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau.

Looking out onto Watts Bar Lake from a preserved property in Roane County, TN

Looking out onto Watts Bar Lake from a preserved property in Roane County, TN

FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough, treks across one of the many streams, creeks and tributaries along the 4,000+ acre stretch of preserved property in Van Buren County, TN.

2015

Another successful year for land conservation! FLC celebrates 24 land partnerships totaling 7,125 acres.

4 of these preserved land projects were located in Van Buren County, TN, totaling 2,500 acres and contributing to 4,000 contiguous acres of conservation protection. South Cumberland State Park and Fall Creek Falls Sate Park are located within 10 miles of these properties.

FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough, treks across one of the many streams, creeks and tributaries along the 4,000+ acre stretch of preserved property in Van Buren County, TN.

2014 - 2011

Over the four year period from 2014-2011, FLC doubled the amount of acreage preserved through conservation easement agreements compared to all the years prior to 2011. In 2014, FLC celebrated a fourth consecutive record setting year - 13 preserved lands totaling 11,711 acres!

In December of 2014, three tracts of Hartsaw Cove Farm, totaling 1,502 acres, were all placed under one conservation easement with FLC. This working farm is located close to Standing Stone State Park and the Roaring River Recreational Area. Located near the town of Livingston in Overton County, TN, it's one of only a few farms with the 'Centennial Pioneer Farm' designation indicating that the farm is actually older than the State of Tennessee. A few years ago, landowner Millard Oakley donated the tracts over to Tennessee Tech for agricultural and educational purposes.

A sweeping view of Hartsaw Cove Farm. The farm was given as a land grant to the Christian family in 1792, 4 years before Tennessee became a state.

A sweeping view of Hartsaw Cove Farm. The farm was given as a land grant to the Christian family in 1792, 4 years before Tennessee became a state.

Former children's camp, known as Camp Montvale, was preserved back in 2011. Image courtesy of Mike Naney.

2011

Back in 2011 Blount County's beloved and long-time children's camp, Camp Montvale, had a conservation easement placed on it. 364 acres of woodlands, cabins, creeks, ponds and hiking trails will be preserved for future generations of children, adults and wildlife.

Land adjacent to the property includes the Foothills Wildlife Management Area, which FLC initially worked to help preserve in the mid-90's, and one that has now grown to 10,000 acres. It is managed by the State of Tennessee's Wildlife Resources Agency.

Former children's camp, known as Camp Montvale, was preserved back in 2011. Image courtesy of Mike Naney.

2010

FLC's 25 in 25 Campaign - we've made it!

Foothills Land Conservancy reached a 2010 goal of protecting a total of 25,000 acres of East Tennessee land from residential and commercial development. It was a great way to kick off 2010 and celebrate FLC's 25th birthday!

Success! FLC's 25 in 25 Campaign, to preserve 25,000 acres within 25 years of service as a land trust, is completed in 2010.

Success! FLC's 25 in 25 Campaign, to preserve 25,000 acres within 25 years of service as a land trust, is completed in 2010.

FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough, takes a ferry ride across the Tennessee River en route to Benton County.

2006

FLC hires Executive Director, Bill Clabough. After a wide search and several potential candidates, FLC's Board selected Bill Clabough to run the organization. His focus has always been to expand FLC's conservation reach while also working to increase the financial stability of the organization.

FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough, takes a ferry ride across the Tennessee River en route to Benton County.

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