Foothills Land Conservancy - April eNews
FLC Receives TWF Conservation Award 

Every year since 1965, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation awards a select group of leaders in the area of conservation and stewardship of wildlife and their habitat in Tennessee.  This year, TWF will award FLC with the 2011 Conservation Organization of the Year for our achievements in 2010. Representatives from Foothills will be heading to Nasvhille on April 19th to receive this honor.  Click on the logo to find out more about the TN Wildlife Federation...
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When I bought my farm, I did not know what a bargain I had in the bluebirds, daffodils, and thrushes; as little did I know what sublime mornings and sunsets I was buying. - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

In this issue:

  • Note from Bill Clabough, FLC's Executive Director
  • Foothills receives TWF Conservation Organization of the Year Award (left column)
  • Upcoming Events
Dear Friends of the Foothills,Bill 2
Last month leaders from across the East Tennessee region gathered in Knoxville to discuss future growth in our communities and its impact on our quality of life. The Plain Talk on Quality Growth Conference, put together by the East TN Quality Growth group, focused on a variety of topics including healthy and livable communities and sustainable communities for economic vitality. I was part of a panel discussion that included other regional land trust representatives - all of us highlighted the importance of educating our state and local officials about what we do and the relevance to our East TN community.  
That same week, FLC staff traveled to Chattanooga for a regional land trust conference.  Our peers in the field of land conservation were able to network and present on topics such as the conservation planning for both urban and rural areas,  IRS guidelines for land trusts, as well as best practices in land management and stewardship.
Both of these events highlight the importance for all of us to come together as a community and plan for future growth - at the federal, regional, local and individual level. If you have any questions or want to know more about East Tennessee land conservation programs, please don't hesitate to contact me at the Foothills office (865-681-8326).
Thanks and we hope to see you at our Summer Celebration the evening of Saturday, June 18th!
Bill Clabough
FLC Executive Director & East TN Quality Growth Board Member 

Upcoming FLC & Regional Events...

Apri 16th - EarthFest - (10-5) Pellissippi State Community College

Apr. 26th PRESENTATION: Get yourself in gear! Whether you are preparing to bike the greenway or are readying for the Tour de Blount, get the latest advice and your questions answered at a presentation by Greg Rowe (owner of Cycology Bicycles) with a brief introduction by Foothills Land Conservancy. 6:30PM – Blount Memorial Wellness Center (located at 220 Associates Blvd – Alcoa, TN)

April 26th - May 1st  Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Sps May 17th PRESENTATION: The mission of Foothills Land Conservancy is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural landscape of East TN and to promote the character of the region for the general public. Join us as we discuss creative, free-market methods for protecting and enhancing our natural landscape – including family farms, scenic views, woodlands, and public parks. Presentation by Billy Minser, Foothills Land Conservancy Board Member and Instructor of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  6:30PM – Blount Memorial Wellness Center (located at 220 Associates Blvd – Alcoa, TN)

June 4th -  Land Trust Day at Mast General Store
June 18th - FLC's Summer Celebration (5pm-8:30pm)

What plants, shrubs and trees are best for attracting birds and  butterflies to your backyard? How about tips on composting, mulching or soil testing? For help, check out this Backyard Conservation brochure link courtesy of NRCS. We have a few hard copies available in our office courtesy of the Blount Co. Soil Conservation District.  We have

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