The $35 Million Budget Amendment is filed. Contact Governor and Legislators for their Support!

(Will be updated with signed copy when AMENDMENT NO. assigned) AMENDMENT NO.________________ __________________________________ Signature of Sponsor AMEND Senate Bill No. 0483 House Bill No. 0511 by adding the following new item at the end of Section 12: Item ___. In addition to any other funds appropriated by the provisions of this act, there is appropriated … More The $35 Million Budget Amendment is filed. Contact Governor and Legislators for their Support!

Water drives economic development in Tennessee

“Water remains one of the key driving points for economic development in Tennessee, as well as the global economy. The site selection process for new or expanding business is often based on the availability of capable and efficient water and wastewater services. These services are not possible without available natural resources that can meet both … More Water drives economic development in Tennessee

Mission (in brief)

Our Mission:  Conserve 4% more of Tennessee’s 27 million acres by 2050 in forested corridors to protect water; Conserve farmland and our history.  For our children, wildlife, and economy. Toward this mission, our work together in 2017 will defend & increase State conservation funding in Tennessee.  We are grateful for the 24,000 acres Governor Haslam’s … More Mission (in brief)

Tennesee is green. We’d like to keep it that way. And there are compelling economic reasons to do so.

Compare Tennessee to other places on Earth; we live in paradise – “the greenest state in the land of the free.” Green because we are water rich with more than 60,000 miles of rivers and streams. Tennessee is located just south of where once the great ice sheets that scraped off most life in ice […]

More Tennesee is green. We’d like to keep it that way. And there are compelling economic reasons to do so.

Conservation easements are a powerful way to protect waterways.

Conservation easements would be a primary tool to protect waterways and would not take land off the tax rolls. Public ownership is not required to conserve water. Public ownership would be used only when private ownership with permanent conservation easements will not accomplish the conservation objective, i.e. when the location would also serve for a local … More Conservation easements are a powerful way to protect waterways.

Governor Haslam’s Conservation Legacy

Already, Governor Haslam and his administration have protected more than 24,000 acres in State Parks and Natural Areas.  World-class treasures include Virgin Falls, Cummins Falls, Island Mesas at Pogue Creek Canyon and the high mountains at Rocky Fork.   We are grateful. By conserving our water with 1.2 million acres more of forested headwaters and rivers, … More Governor Haslam’s Conservation Legacy

How we leverage state and federal funds

Tennessee has been very successful leveraging limited conservation funds in the past A recent example:  When 1,575 acres were purchased to conserve the world-class wonder that is Virgin Falls State Natural Area, only $300,000 came from our State’s Land Acquisition Funds.  State funding leveraged $1.5 million from Federal Endangered Species Funding and $800,000 from private … More How we leverage state and federal funds

State Funding for Conservation: Are we keeping up with growth?

2015-2016 State Lands Acquisition Fund: $3,067,500 Local Parks & Recreation Fund: $3,718,700 Land and Water Conservation Fund:  $750,000 Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund: $3,187,500 The Wetlands Fund: $6,521,000 2013-2014 State Lands Acquisition Fund: $3,171,800 Local Parks & Recreation Fund:  $3,772,100 Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund:  $3,612,600 The Wetlands Fund: $11,226,700 2011-2012 State Lands Acquisition Fund: $3,087,500 Local Parks & … More State Funding for Conservation: Are we keeping up with growth?