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Foothills Land Conservancy - eNews
February 2011
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In this issue...
  • University of TN Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Students Visit FLC Easements for Senior Project
  • Conservation Easement Tax Incentive 
  • A Year in the Life of an East TN Black Bear (Save-the-Date)
  • Regional Events for February

Land Management Plans: A hand's on approach to conservation and sustainability... Students - eNews 2

Senior students with the University of Tennessee majoring in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries are charged with developing an integrated land management plan as part of a senior capstone course their last semester at UT.  FLC Board Member & Instructor for UT-K's Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, William 'Billy' Minser, wants to provide students opportunities to work with land, either private or public, where the landowner wants guidance in accomplishing their current and future objectives in managing, forests, wildlife and wild land recreation on their property. Some management plan projects are with owners who already have conservation easements. Click here for the full story.

Renewed tax incentives for 2011 are available for East Tennessee landowners interested in placing a conservation easement on their property! As you may know from last month's eNews, Congress recently renewed a tax incentive for private landowners. Conservation-minded landowners now have until December 31, 2011 to take advantage of a significant tax deduction for donating a voluntary conservation agreement to permanently protect important natural or historic resources on their land.  When landowners donate a conservation easement they maintain ownership and management of their land and can sell or pass the land on to their heirs while foregoing future development rights. They can also decide to bequeath the land to private or public entities. For anyone interested in learning more, please contact Bill Clabough, FLC's Executive Director, at 865-681-8326 or

SAVE-THE-DATE Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Year in the Life of an East TN Black Bear! 

Blount Memorial Wellness Center - Springbrook Location

220 Associates Blvd. (Alcoa, TN)

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Four seasons in one day! Join us as we explore a year in the life of an East Tennessee Black Bear. Learn about what it takes for black bears to survive in their native habitat.  This presentation will be offered by Kim Delozier. Mr. Delozier recently retired from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after serving as a Supervisory, Wildlife Biologist. From 1980-2010, Kim coordinated wildlife programs for the Park.  For event udpates, please visit us on Facebook or FLC's Blog

Regional Events...

* Feb. 3-6 Winter Heritage Festival - Smoky Mtn. Conv. & Visitors Bureau

* Feb. 16th Brown Bag Green Book Series - WATE Meteorologist Matt Hinkin will discuss Heidi Cullen's book, "The Weather of the Future..."

*Feb. 23rd - Alliance for the Cumberlands Annual Conference - Fall Creek Falls State Park (FLC staff member, Elise Eustace, will be there!) 

* Feb. 25th - Last Friday Art Walk - downtown Maryville, TN

*Ongoing - Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program - Smoky Mtn. Institute at Tremont

* Beginning March 1st - Blount County's Great American CleanUp  Visit Keep Blount Beautiful's website for more details. 

* Have you checked out the Rose Center Council for the Arts in Morristown?  They offer classes, exhibits and various concerts at their Rose Center location - a museum and cultural center all in one!

Do you have news or events you would like us to share? If so, please email Elise Eustace at by the 25th of the month prior to the event. All notices are subject to review before posting.

Foothills Staff:


Bill Clabough, FLC's Executive Director



Meredith Clebsch, FLC's Land Director


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Elise Eustace, FLC's Communications & Development Director


FLC Board of Directors -Click Here

To Make an FLC Donation -Click Here

A special FLC thank you goes out to :


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FLC appreciates the recent and ongoing support of Benefield Richters - a firm specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, and master planning with a focus on sustainability. Benefield Richters Website 

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