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Foothills Land Conservancy - April eNews
 April eNews
Spring is here... and what an amazing week we are having here in East Tennessee. The past few weeks have been busy for the FLC staff. Last month we traveled to St. Simons Island, GA, for the Southeast Regional Land Trust Conference. Two days of sessions were filled with networking, workshops and a bit of sight seeing. Karen & Meredith spotted over 70 bird species during our visit! The Foothills office also received a visit from reporter, Chris Villines, with the The Tennessee Farmers Cooperative Magazine. Chris will be profiling our organization and conservation easements for their May issue. FLC also recently published our 2011 Annual Report & 2012 Spring Newsletter.  It's available in hard copy form as well as electronically (click here to view). This month Foothills has speaking engagements with the 2012 Class of East Tennessee Regional Leadership, a local Kiwanis group, the Cades Cove Preservation Association and the East TN chapter of Meeting Planners International! If you belong to a civic group or organization and would like Foothills to come out and speak to your members, just give us a call at 865-681-8326.  Check out a few of our upcoming events below and enjoy the great outdoors weekend!  - The FLC Team

Bell Branch Creek Restoration Effort Continues

Bell Branch Creek - small image

EcoFlow Consulting workers prep bank for native tree plantings.

In August 2011, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Nature Valley® partnered with the Foothills to remove non-native, invasive plant species along Bell Branch Creek. This creek is one of the only waterways that flow into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is located very close to the Abrams Creek campground area. 12 volunteers, including Bill Landry, spent time removing non-natives like Multiflora rose and East Tennessee’s nemesis, Chinese privet, through a method called “cut and paste”. The shrub or plant is cut to its base and then a targeted spray of herbicide is applied to the cut surface. This past month EcoFlow Consulting began phase 2 of the project, working on the reshaping of the creek banks and planting close to 1300 native trees and live stakes along with native seed grass mix.  Tree plantings include: swamp chestnut, sycamore, chestnut oak, tulip poplar, pin oak and silky dogwood. They were selected based on their ability to bear fruit for wildlife and their helpfulness for curbing erosion along the creek bank. All of these efforts will assist in improved aquatic habitat and protection of aquatic species in the stream, in the Park and downstream. FLC looks forward to providing another progress update with pictures in the coming months so stay tuned.


Upcoming Foothills Events

  • April 21st (11-5) - Community Day at Little River Trading Company & Cycology Bicycles!  Little River will donate 10% of purchases to a non-profit the customer designates (choosing among the groups present). Foothills will be on hand to share information about our programs so help us spread the word and stop by Little River on your way to the great outdoors! Event includes a customer swap - click here to learn more.
  • April 24th (6:30pm) Native Gardening Presentation - Join Meredith Clebsch and Karen Petrey from the Foothills office as they share their native plant and landscaping expertise with you for free!  Blount Memorial Wellness Ctr. - Alcoa
  • Save the Dates! June 2nd - Land Trust Day with FLC at Mast General Store (Knoxville) & June 9th - FLC's Summer Celebration at Penrose Farm           

Additional Spring Events (April)

Foothills Land Conservancy... A Land Trust Working to Preserve East Tennessee's Natural Places

FLC Logo eNews 2Join Foothills and other concerned citizens in protecting and preserving our cherished mountains, working farms and open lands. Our Friends receive all Foothills announcements and invitations along with the satisfaction of knowing they are helping protect the beautiful landscape of our region. FLC is a 501(c)(3) and does not receive any financial support from federal, state or local governments. We rely on individual and corporation contributions to sustain our organization, land acquisition, and stewardship programs.  Click here to donate online or click here to print and mail in a donation.

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Maryville, Tennessee 37804

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