Big or small, Tennessee land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 810,758 football fields!
Tennessee land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
85 years old (1937)
23 years old (1999)
37 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Tennessee lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Tennessee's most pressing issues.
Addressing community needs: Howard School interns are taking back Lookout Mountain from highly invasive species and creating hiking trails. The students are participating in a leadership program that results in 100% high school graduation rates in a part of Chattanooga where they are often lower than 50%. The program uses land conservation to heal, inspire and connect people from all walks of life to the land and to each other.Read more
Tackling climate change: When the California carbon market launched, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust saw that it was the best opportunity in the country to participate in a regulated carbon market, leading to an offset project that would make a commodity out of 5,000 acres of forest in its domain and double its general operating fund.Read more
Providing access to land for all: The accredited Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm is a historic farm located just 4 miles from the center of downtown Nashville. The Land Trust for Tennessee conserves this hidden gem as a place that illuminates all aspects of its work — it is a historic, urban farm that serves as a recreational and educational resource.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.