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FLC's November eNews
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Hello Friend of the Foothills,

Who is that guy videotaping the East Tennessee landscape?
Well, that's none other than Doug Mills, videographer for WBIR's Heartland Series! For 25 years Doug has been the camera man behind one of our region's most well known TV shows. He has graciously been donating his time and talents to assist Foothills in preparing a video about our organization.  He is also working with us to capture a few interviews from Landry's pals that we can use for our Evening with Bill Landry fundraiser coming up December 2nd (Save-the-Date)!

Foothills is excited to announce that we have received a land donation of 9 acres this week from the John Sing family. The parcel is located within the city limits of Alcoa. Planned (estate) gifts help to provide FLC with a permanent foundation for our East Tennessee land stewardship obligations and future conservation programs. To learn more about creating a legacy through planned giving, please view our East TN Conservation Brochure.

In the coming months, FLC is poised to almost double the number of counties where we have conservation easement partnerships. Currently Foothills has 75 easement agreements in 13 East TN counties and we are likely to expand to 10 additional counties by the year's end! We look forward to sharing with you these new projects once they are finalized. Stay tuned!

Regards,
The FLC Team
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Journey In the Woods w/ Doug McFalls - Nov. 15th at 6:30pm

8-12-11 005 (480x640) (480x640) FLC presents Doug McFalls - hiker, photographer, blogger, former winter caretaker for Mt. LeConte Lodge (GSMNP) and former AT Ridge Runner for the Park - as he shares his back country hiking experiences and unique slideshow images from the trail. This presentation is free and open to the public. Presentation location: Blount Memorial Wellness Center (220 Associates Blvd. - Alcoa, TN). Contact Elise at the Foothills office with questions at 865-681-8326. For more information about Doug, visit his website at:  www.reflectionsofthesmokies.com


Do you know about the Experience Your Smokies (Blount Co.) Program?

DSC05595 FLC's Communication & Development Director, Elise Eustace, is participating in this year's program along with a cross section of our community to learn about, and ultimately share, the good works being done within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Monthly half-day sessions focus on topics like air quality, water quality, historic preservation, and wildlife management.  The philosophy behind the program is primarily stewardship - helping people appreciate and understand park resources and assume their role for caring for the park. Elise notes, "One of the best ways for people to understand the importance of land and wildlife conservation (both inside and outside of the Park) is to get out and explore in nature, to learn, and to ultimately give back in some way."  For more information, visit the EYS website or EYS facebook page.
(Image above - This past September, EYS students collected seeds for their class project in Cades Cove. These native seeds will be utilized for various planting projects by GSMNP Biology Wildlife Technician's and volunteers. )

Long Distance Hiking Clinic - TONIGHT!!
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Don't miss Bert Emmerson's Long Distance Hiking Clinic tonight (Nov. 3rd) at 7PM. 

As a “Triple Crown” holder, Bert has enjoyed the kind of experience that few have accomplished - hiking the AT, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest trails. He will share his experience on conditions, gear, and logistics. Bring your gear questions and who knows...you might even set your own thru hiking goals when you leave! The clinic is free. Click here to visit Little River Trading Company's website.

In the News....

FLC Board Member, Billy Minser - honored in the Knoxville News Sentinel for his career in land conservation.

Mountain Press article on the history of the old Dupont Spring Hotel that once graced Bluff Mountain... This land was donated to Foothills by the late Marian Oates in 2009 and is now known as the Bluff Mountain Ecological Reserve. Click here for FLC's 2009 news release.

Bill Landry's book - Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures - is gaining a lot of attention. Click here to view Terry Shaw's Knox News article on the book. Landry is donating 15% of his book's proceeds to FLC for every book we sell! Click here to purchase...
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