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About Us

An accredited conservation organization working across Tennessee




Our Vision

A Tennessee whose irreplaceable landscapes are protected forever.

Our Mission

To conserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations.

For People and Places across Tennessee

In Tennessee you don’t have to go far to see rolling farmland, find a historic site, or enjoy one of the countless trails and natural areas throughout this state.

No matter where you live or visit in the state, it’s all at your doorstep. It’s a unique bounty that we can all enjoy—but it requires vigilance and a continued investment if we want it to exist for future generations. It’s a commitment and investment that we all must make today, because you cannot put a price on what we are saving for tomorrow.

For 20 years, The Land Trust for Tennessee has worked in partnership with landowners and communities across the state to protect land important to the people of Tennessee. From family farms and historic landscapes, to public parks and forests spanning thousands of acres, the work of The Land Trust has a lasting impact on people and places. We hope you will join us.

Donor Funded:

The work of The Land Trust for Tennessee is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. Make a gift.

Founded in 1999

The Land Trust for Tennessee was founded in 1999 by Phil Bredesen and a group of visionary conservation leaders. Jean C. Nelson served as the organization’s first Executive Director and our first conservation successes took place in Leiper’s Fork with the Preston family in December 1999. Our organization has since expanded its successes across the state of Tennessee.

Nationally Recognized for Conservation Excellence

The Land Trust for Tennessee received the 2020 Land Trust Alliance National Land Trust Excellence Award for its strategic and visionary work in conserving land that matters to people and places across Tennessee.

We are recognized for meeting the highest industry standards for excellence and conservation permanence by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Land Trust for Tennessee was the first land trust in Tennessee to earn accreditation by The Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission and the first to become re-accredited. Learn more.

Financial Information

Form 990s and other documentation

The Land Trust for Tennessee is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 62-1770549) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

The Land Trust for Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.