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FLC eNews - September 2010


Foothills Land Conservancy welcomes any and all support for our East Tennessee land conservation programs. For donation forms and mailing information, please visit FLC's Donate Now page or to make an online donation, click here: 


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Preserving the East Tennessee landscape since 1985!

In this issue:

  • FLC's new BLOG!
  • GoodSearch - A search engine that benefits non-profits...
  • Sept. Issue of TN Conservationist Magazine - FLC Profile
  • StoryCorps Update
  • Tips on taming our region's non-native vegetation...
  • Community Links (September & October) 

FLC's new Blog

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Well, first came the website, then the electronic newsletter and soon Twitter & Facebook followed. What's next? Well, a blog of course! FLC's latest foray into social media can be accessed here 

This new site will be linked to FLC"s home page and provides: 

  • Current news, events and updates on staff projects.
  • Links to helpful land conservation resources and articles.
  • Opportunity for our supporters to share comments, ideas, and even contribute guest posts.

We look forward to your visit!!


What if Foothills Land Conservancy earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now we can! 

  • is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate.
  • Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!
  • Add the Foothills Land Conservancy toolbar:
  • - it's easy to download!

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Check out the Sept./Oct. Issue of Tennessee Conservationist Magazine... inside you will see a profile piece on Foothills that includes our history, accomplishments and areas of focus. What a great way to highlight our milestone year. A special thank you goes out to David Lewis & Mark Lewis ( for their photographs along with Billy Minser, Gail Harris, and Ernie Blankenship for their contributions to the article. Don't forget your subscription to TN Conservationist today!

UPDATE - StoryCorps is Coming to Knoxville  (Oct. 7th-Nov. 13, 2010)
storycorpsLast month's newsletter mentioned that StoryCorps is coming to Knoxville. If you would like to share your story, please be aware that slots fill up very quickly... often within 10-15 minutes after the phone lines are open. You can call in to try and make a reservation beginning at 10AM on September 23rd and October 8th by calling 1-800-850-4406 or logging on to

  • Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 partnerships. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
  • StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to the broadcasts on public radio and the web. 
  • You can also contact Elise Eustace with FLC at 865-681-8326 with additional questions or general interest.

 Tips on taming our region's non-native vegetation...

          by Kristine Johnson, Supervisory Forester - GSMNP 

Invasive exotic plants are among the most serious threats to natural areas and biodiversity worldwide. Foothills Land Conservancy supporters and neighbors find additional cause for concern as exotic plant invasions reduce real estate values, facilitiate erosion, alter fire regimes, obsure planned landscapes and change wildlife habitat. Late summer and early autumn provide opportunities to survey and control many species of exotic plants, since seed production can often be prevented and some species are more visible as foliage changes colors. Oriental bittersweet, for example, produces bright orange fruits and yellow leaves while some evergreens such as privet and Japanese honeysuckle show up in contrast to brighter fall colors. Because plants translocate photosynthetic products down to roots for storage in the fall, herbicides also travel more efficiently to root systems when applied late in the growing season either as a foliar application or by cutting and stump treating. Proper plant identification and careful surveys to asses control strategy are important first steps in managing exotic plant infestations. Click here for full article....


Image of Chinese privet - The shrubs fruit turns a dusty blue when mature

 Community Events for Sept./Oct....

  • Sept. 11th, 25th, and Oct. 2 - GSMNP - Volunteers needed to help map ash trees as the Park prepares it's response to this new invasive predator. Contact Ranger Susan Simpson for more information at 865-436-1200 ext. 762.
  • Sept. 14th - Sierra Club hosts an FLC presentation by Meredith Clebsch, FLC's Land Director, from 7PM-9PM at  the TN Universalist Unitarian Church *The Ecology of Gardening - Meredith will focus on the use of native plants and on understanding basic ecological principles as they relate to the choices you make in managing your own home landscape in East TN. Click here for more info...
  • Sept. 24th Brown Bag - Green Book Series (FREE) Noon at the East TN History Center *Madeline Rogero, Knoxville's Director of Community Development, will lead a discussion of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability by David Owen. 
  • Click here for more info...
  • Oct. 9-10th Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is scheduled in Knoxville. For more information, contact Art James with the American Red Cross at or 865-584-2999 ext. 268
  • Local farmers markets and TN product listings...

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