Foothills Land Conservancy

The Foothills Land Conservancy was founded in 1985 and opened an office with full-time staff in 1992. The organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. It has an Executive Director and offices in Maryville, Tennessee. To date, the Foothills Conservancy has protected more than 14,300 acres. These acres have been protected in 11 different projects. Protection tools used include conservation easements, donations, fee simple purchases, bequests, revocable trusts, and green developments.

In 1995 the Foothills Conservancy completed its first buffer zone project. By raising $1.2 million, the Conservancy purchased 4,700 acres along the Park boundary which was threatened with commercial development. More than 3,500 individuals, businesses, foundations, and civic and outdoor groups from 35 states contributed to the project. The Conservancy gave 400 acres along Abrams Creek to the National Park Service. Abrams Creek is one of the largest and most productive streams in the Park and home to two endangered fish species. The remaining 4,300 acres were donated to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to establish the first unit of the "Foothills Wildlife Management Area."

Long range plans call for the establishment of several more units along the northern boundary of the National Park. These large tracts will provide critical fall feeding grounds for black bears and many other species of wildlife. They will also provide much needed public space for hiking, biking, bird watching, hunting, and camping.

In 1997, the Foothills Land Conservancy completed its second buffer zone project, raising morethan $500,000 to purchase an additional 1,516 acres adjoining the Foothills WMA. TheConservancy is in the process of transferring this tract to TWRA for inclusion in the FoothillsWMA.

Currently the Foothills Conservancy is working conservation easements in Blount county.

Contact Foothills Land Conservancy

Ed Clebsch
Special Projects
377 Ellis Avenue
Maryville, Tennessee  37804-5753
Phone: (865) 681-8326
Fax: (865) 681-1436


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