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FLC eNews - Ringing in New Easements!

January 2011

Dear Friend of the Foothills,


As FLC welcomes in the New Year, we would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our 2010 supporters. Your contributions, resources, and time to our organization will help us move the Foothills mission forward into our 26th year of service and beyond. That mission being to preserve, protect and enhance the East Tennessee landscape. 


We are excited to announce our 2010 land preservation partnerships - click on the links for more info:

Your ongoing support of our conservation programs is always welcome at Foothills - it's never too late to donate or pass on our good works to friends!  Anyone can sign up for our eNews or make a donation by visiting our website -




The FLC Team

Last week's registration of the Big Lost Creek Conservation Easement signing at the Polk County Courthouse (left to right) - Dan Owens, principal property owner; Bill Clabough, FLC Executive Dir.; Meredith Clebsch, FLC Land Dir.; Lewis Kearney, FLC Board Member; Elise Eustace, FLC Communication & Dev. Dir.

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FLC's 2011 Board of Directors

FLC welcomes new and returning board members - what a talented group of individuals!


Brand new to the Foothills Board:

Charles Barnett

Jay Clark

Bill Cobble

Homer Fisher

David Lewis

LeAnn Mynatt

Matt Smith


Returning to the Board:

Ernie Blankenship

Ed Clebsch

Mark Jendrek

Mike Suttles


Current Board Members

Bettye Carver

Terry Chervenak

Dick Conley

Lewis Kearney

David Long

Billy Minser

Bob Van Hook (Board President)

Bob Rusk

Donna Young


To view Board & staff bios click here.

Donor Quotes!


Making thank you calls to our Friends of the Foothills donors is a privilege and one of the perks of the job. Sometimes we receive statements that speak right to the heart. As you might have guessed, when the topic of East TN comes up the words come easy...


You need to give where your heart is!

-outdoors person & trail volunteer, Betty E.


My heart is in the hills!

-lifetime hiker (20,000+miles), Ruth E.


When we are out and about, driving around our beautiful East TN - knowing that our dollars are going to preserve natural areas just makes us feel good.

-Charlene & Tommy D.

Great News - Enhanced Easement Incentive Passed through Congress! The US Congress just renewed the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations! President Obama signed H.R 4835 making the incentive effective through December 31, 2011and retroactive to January 1, 2010. This incentive raises the income tax deduction a landowner can take for donating a conservation easement from 30% of their income in any year to 50% and increases the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years. A conservation easement is a formal agreement that preserves the environmental values of a property and protects it from being developed commercially 'in perpetuity', or forever. Click here for more info.

Update on the American Chestnut Program - 1/4/11 article from the Crossville Chronicle - This story provides a nice overview of the American Chestnut Foundation's efforts to bring back this native tree to our region. Dr. John Looney, who is quoted for the story and is a supporter of ACF, has a conservation easement with Foothills Land Conservancy.

2011 Events & Links


Jan. 8-15th - Wildlife Wilderness Week in Pigeon Forge *guided hikes and workshops


Jan 22nd - Workshop by TN Cave & Karst Working Group (Fall Creek Falls). The day will consist largely of presentations and discussions relating to cave archaeology, cave/karst biology, karst hydrology, historical human use of caves, and White Nose Syndrome. Click here for more info.


Jan 26th- Brown Bag Green Book Lunch Series (Charles Maynard will discuss the book, Eaarth - Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben) - Call Emily Ellis with the Knoxville Public Library for more info at 865-215-8723.


SAVE-THE-DATE! Feb 22nd (6:30pm) FLC presents a talk by Kim Delozier on 'A Year in the Life of an East TN Black Bear' - Blount Memorial Wellness Center (This event is open to the public - more details to be announced in Feb. eNews.)


Kick off the New Year with some landscape planning! Make the most of our winter weather by researching options for a vibrant and native garden. Click here for helpful links - courtesy of the University of TN Institute of Agriculture.

Contact Information:

Foothills Land Conservancy
373 Ellis Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804


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Maryville, Tennessee 37804

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