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December 29, 2012
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FLC Rings in Another Record Year! (Part 3 of 3) 

Well, it's been another banner year for Foothills. By the end of this month we will have completed 12 conservation easement projects totaling 6625 acres. That surpasses last year's number of 4400 acres.  To date, FLC has a total of 36,000 acres preserved. The total number of conservation easements is at 105, covering 21 counties!

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*FLC's 100th Easement* Jarvis Property - 62 acres (Blount County)

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Attorney & FLC Board President, LeAnn Mynatt (left), and FLC Executive Director, Bill Clabough (far right), look on as Dr. Craig Jarvis signs his second land preservation agreement with FLC. 

 Dr. Craig Jarvis helped FLC celebrate mark the organization's 100th conservation easement agreement Friday by signing his second easement with Foothills to mark the occasion! 

    FLC also has another reason to celebrate. Dr. Jarvis will be a returning Board Member in 2013. He has been associated with FLC since it started and has served intermittently on the Board throughout the years.

   Yesterday's signing will protect a 2nd property, which is in Blount County. The 62 acre tract is 50% wooded with most of the remainder in hay fields. The property is very close to Chilhowee Mountain and the 11,000 acre Foothills Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a vital buffer between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the developed areas outside the Park's perimeter. Other natural areas in the vicinity include the 350 acre Kyker Bottoms WMA and the 8000 acre Tellico WMA3. The proximity of the Jarvis property to these areas adds a safe buffer habitat for maintaining healthy populations of resident and migratory wildlife species and as a reservoir of native plant species.   

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    For Dr. Jarvis, the timing was right for the second easement, "we didn't want it to change and we felt like because of that it was time to go ahead and give the easement on it also - so that we know from this moment on it won't change." 

     Back in 2007, Jarvis permanently preserved close to 478 acres in Monroe County. Located in the wooded foothills of the Unicoi Mountains, the majority of the acreage from the first easement is forested with 2nd and 3rd growth oak, hickory and pine.  Views from the west side of that tract offer sites of Starr Mountain and the Cherokee National Forest.

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Cline Property - 56 acres (Loudon County)

R0014050    Also celebrating their second conservation easement with Foothills are Drs. Richard & Kim Cline. Back in 2008, the Cline's put close to 220 acres in an easement with FLC. 120 acres of that tract are woodlands that consist primarily of 100-150 year old oak and hickory trees. The remainder is in pasture and crop land. 

    Both practicing physicians, the Cline's wanted to continue to protect their land from development emerging in the area by placing a second easement on an adjoining 56 acre tract. Portions of Loudon County that include Tellico Village and Lenoir City are becoming quite popular. The Cline's property sits on an area that is subject to development due to its proximity to Highway 321. The property also lies close to three Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs: Fort Loudon Lake, Watts Bar Reservoir on the Tennessee River, and the Tellico Reservoir on the Little Tennessee River.

    About 2/3 of the second tract is currently in hay fields with at least two wildlife plots under current cultivation. The forested sections contain both evergreen and deciduous trees.


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Meadow Creek - 466 acres (Van Buren & Bledsoe Counties)

DSC06374The Meadow Creek property adjoins the Piney Cumberland tract (439 acres) mentioned in FLC's 1st eNews this week. The majority of Meadow Creek is forested and located in close proximity to Fall Creek Falls State park, providing a regional corridor for wildlife. The easement protects a reach of Piney Creek and associated tributaries. Piney Creek is a major tributary for Cane Creek, which flows into Fall Creek Falls State park. Numerous species of trees, shurbs, vines, plants (including non-vascular species) are found on the property.


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