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eNews - December 2012
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Dear Friends,

FLC is poised to have another history making conservation year! By the end of December we anticipate preserving close to 5000 acres in 8 Tennessee counties – adding those figures to our running total of over 34,000 acres protected. And we couldn’t have come this far without the support of our Friends. Thank you!

Did you know it takes $100 to preserve an acre of land in Tennessee? Acreage that is critical in protecting wildlife habitat, working farms, water quality and open spaces. How many acres do you want to save this year?

Pledge today! Your financial support assists Foothills with saving East Tennessee’s farm lands, natural areas and watersheds - for our quality of life now and for future generations. We ask that you consider renewing and even increasing your support of our programs.

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This fall, FLC is expanding our annual Friends of the Foothills donor program to better recognize and strengthen the significant and on-going contributions of our supporters. We are now providing benefit levels that continue to engage and inspire our Friends while welcoming any and all contributions. Below are the buttons which highlight our three giving programs. We have individual links for them on our Donate Now page as well.

Exec. Dir. Bill Clabough

As always, your support is greatly appreciated and

crucial to our programs. Thank you for being a valued Friend of the Foothills!

Bill Clabough

Executive Director

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Foothills is a 501(c)(3) and does not receive any financial assistance from local, state or federal governments. We rely solely on individual and corporate contributions to sustain our organizational, land acquisition and stewardship funds.

In Search of the Ivory - Billed Woodpecker

December 18th, (Tues.) – 6:30PM

Stephen Lyn Bales, an Ijams senior naturalist and author, will speak about his new book Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941.  It is the compelling story of Jim Tanner, the only ornithologist to conduct an in-depth study of the largest woodpecker to live in the United States, the legendary ghost bird of the South. Tanner's fieldwork in the 1930s while a grad student at Cornell University provide a detailed look into the natural history of this species that may or may not be extinct. Several copies of Ghost Birds have been donated by UT Press to Foothills Land Conservancy and they will be available for sale during the presentation with 100% of the proceeds going to FLC. The presentation location will be at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center located at 220 Associates Blvd. in Alcoa. Please call Elise at FLC's offices for more information at 865-681-8326.


Additional Information:

Mr. Bales has a second book, called Natural Histories, and has also written for Smithsonian magazine and is a regular contributor to The Tennessee Conservationist magazine. Bales is also a regular speaker at Wilderness Wildlife Week and other venues.  You can learn more about Lyn Bales and his projects on his nature blog: Nature Calling

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Articles and happenings...
The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway Council is partnering with Plan East Tennessee and the Knoxville Regional TPO to host a series of meetings around the region on making greenway & trail connections. Click here for meeting times and more information.

UT Daily Beacon article: Knoxville greenway expands to Smokies

Sandy's devastating tree legacy, and what homeowners can do to prevent a 'next time'... article reminds us that tree safety and tree health go hand in hand.

Knoxville News Sentinel Article with a quote from FLC Land Director Meredith Clebsch: Homeowner's property recognized as certified wildlife habitat

FLC Volunteers needed for holiday gift wrapping at Barnes & Noble. Our scheduled times are listed below and we'd enjoy having you come out and help us! Please contact Elise at 681-8326 or by email at with interest. Thanks! Barnes & Nobel is located at 8029 Kingston Pike - Knoxville, TN  37919. Sign up Dates/Times: Friday, December 14th from 6-10pm and Thursday, December 20th from 6-9pm
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