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Foothills Land Conservancy

FLC Conservation Easement Sign – Elise Eustace, FLC Staff

The mission of Foothills Land Conservancy is to protect, preserve and enhance the natural landscape of the East Tennessee region. Currently, FLC works primarily with East Tennessee landowners who wish to preserve their property in its natural state ‘in perpetuity’ – or forever. When a land owner and a land trust decide to move forward with this option, they create a formal agreement, called a conservation easement that is valid now and in the future. Both parties work together to ensure the landowners wishes are included, covering allowable land uses as well as prohibited activities on the property. All conservation easements coordinated through Foothills are customized, voluntary, approved by a Board of Directors and monitored at least once a year to make sure the landowners wishes specified in the easement are being followed.


  • Since 1985, Foothills has preserved over 26,000 East TN acres! These lands will never be commercially developed – and will remain in their natural state, ‘in perpetuity’ or forever.
  • Now in its 26th year of service as a land trust, FLC has established, assisted or donated over 10,000 acres of these lands for local parks and recreation areas – like the Great Smoky Mtn. National Park and the Foothills Wildlife Mgmt. Area along the Foothills Parkway in Blount County (managed by the TN Wildlife Resources Agency).
  • Foothills has also partnered with landowners on over 70 conservation easements agreements in 13 East TN counties.

How to Support

Foothills Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and does not receive any financial support from federal, state, or local governments. FLC welcomes any and all donations. Our Friends receive all invitations and announcements as well as the satisfaction of knowing their contributions go towards sustaining our organizational, land acquisition and stewardship funds. We are always willing to provide presentations or tours to groups and organizations at no charge. To donate or contact FLC, please visit, email us at [email protected] or call 865-681-8326.

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