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February 2013
 In the Field  Conservation Tour in Roane County Board Member Profile Outdoor Happenings
In the field...
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Last Thursday, Foothills staff monitored two conservation easement properties in Polk County, TN.  FLC now has 106 properties that we visit annually, mainly in the dormant time of year(which assists in ease of traveling). FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough, and FLC Land Director, Meredith Clebsch, are the primary monitors. They are currently identifying surveyed boundaries with GPS units and GPS cameras so that everything can be stored electronically. This will aid in future property visits. Landowners receive a report from every FLC visit, including observations and recommendations, if any.
Meredith in the Field
(FLC Conservation Easement in Polk County, TN) Image of Meredith Clebsch, FLC's Land Director, recording a boundary point. Meredith records not only data along the easement's perimeter but any roads, gates and structures as well as natural features to the property like creeks, wetlands and wildlife. The tract adjacent to this property has a USDA NRCS Wetlands Enhancement Conservation Easement (indicated by the orange and white sign pictured).
Conservation Tour in Roane County

This past November FLC took a few employees with Strata-G, an environmental consulting and engineering company in Knoxville, on a tour to one of our many remarkable conservation easement properties. With over 100 of these partnerships covering 21 counties deciding which one to tour can be difficult! We decided to highlight Hartman’s property in Roane County and what a tour it was.  Many thanks to Dick Conley and the all-terrain vehicle, known as ‘Monster Truck’, for the transportation and the wind in our hair!  (Periodically, FLC does provide tours like this one to groups or individuals, so please contact us with any interest at 865-681-8326 or

    Back in 2008 Mr. Gene Hartman, and his wife Becky, partnered with FLC on a conservation easement covering 920 acres on their farm in Roane County.  Mr. Hartman is an ongoing Foothills supporter and his company, Duo Fast of Knoxville, has been an annual sponsor of FLC’s Celebration for many years. Several times a year, Mr. Hartman offers up his property for various conservation fundraisers and for use by disadvantaged youth, providing them with camping, fishing and other hunting activities.

     FLC Board Member, Dick Conley, is the Land Manager for Hartman’s farm and provided the tour.  He kicked things off with an aerial photo and brief history of the property. FLC’s Land Director, Meredith Clebsch, explained the data gathering and photo collecting that goes into the annual monitoring of these easements. Mr. Conley spent 39 years with TWRA as a wildlife habitat biologist, his specific areas of expertise is in restoring native warm season grasses and soil building legumes.  A major interest of Conley’s is also helping to develop and monitor quail habitat. Click here to keep reading!

Dick Conley uses an aerial photo of Hartman's property to orient the tour participants.
FLC Board Member Profile
LeAnn Mynatt

Every month in 2013, FLC will highlight at least one member of our Foothills Board of Directors. In January, we profiled three new members to the team - Clarence Coffey, Dr. Craig Jarvis and Mark King.

    LeAnn Mynatt currently serves as FLC’s Board President and has served on the Board since January of 2011. Ms. Mynatt is a shareholder with Baker Donelson law firm, representing clients in environmental, safety and health compliance issues. Ms. Mynatt represents a diverse range of industries, including manufacturing, landfills, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, developers, banks, municipalities, and construction.  Ms. Mynatt is a native Knoxvillian with family ties in Maryville. "Serving on the Board of FLC is very gratifying.  My law practice and working with FLC both enable me to help people protect the environment, so it's a natural fit.  I want my nephews to be able to enjoy the foothills and mountains as much as I do!" To view FLC's entire list of 2013 Board Members and their bios, click here

Outdoor happenings this month...

Feb. 15-18: The Great Backyard Bird Count - Get info here!
TN State Parks - February Calendar
Outdoor Knoxville - February Schedule
Smoky Mountain Field School - 2013 Program Schedule*
*check out FLC's Field School outing on Saturday, March 30th
TN's Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail Site - Get info here!
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