Supports Local Economies & Businesses
- Agriculture and forestry are powerful economic drivers for Tennessee, generating $81.1 billion in output and 351,000 jobs that support Tennesseans across the state. (source: 2019 Economic Report to the Governor of Tennessee)
- Agriculture accounts for 9 percent of the state’s economy. Conserving land for these uses supports jobs and economic viability. (Source: UT Institute of Agriculture, 2018)
- The outdoor recreation industry employs 188,000 Tennesseans and generates $21.6 billion in consumer spending annually. (Source: Outdoor Industry Association).
- Open space in Tennessee provides billions in cost savings by way of flood prevention, pollution removal, storm water management, and more. (Source: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Cumberland Region Tomorrow).
- Access to open space saves communities millions in healthcare costs through increased physical activities. (Source: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Cumberland Region Tomorrow).
- National/State Parks, touring/sightseeing, and visiting historic sites are among the most popular activities for Tennessee visitors. (Source: TDTD 2018 TourismAnnual Report).
Fosters a Sense of Place
- Tennessee is a top 10 destination in the US and tourism is the state’s second largest industry. (Source: TDTD)
- Conserving distinct landscapes in Tennessee fosters a sense of place and supports the continued investment in our state.
- Conserving land supports communities that are forever distinct – Even private land that is not accessible by foot by providing a sense of place and visual beauty.
- Land conservation and open space planning safeguards from unplanned development and protects land that is highly important for agriculture, habitat, and other environmental factors that affect our daily lives and provides benefits to the public.
Encourages Community Health and Wellness
- Studies show spending time outside and having access to open space improves health and wellness. This enhances the overall quality of life and emotional wellbeing for our communities. (Source: Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature – Child Mind Institute)
- 59% of Tennesseans take part in one outdoor recreation opportunity each year. Conserving land supports opportunities to experience the great outdoors. (Source: Outdoor Industry Association).
Tennessee Economic Impact Studies & Benefits of Open Space:
- The Economic Value of Open Space in the Cumberland Region –University Tennessee Knoxville Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy (May 2018)
- The Economic Impact of Open Space on Residential Property Values in Tennessee –University Tennessee Knoxville Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy (September 2016)
- The Community + Economic Impact of The Mountain Goat Trail –Babson Center for Global Commerce at the University of the South
- Chattanooga Climbing Impact Report –University Tennessee Chattanooga Tourism Center
- Tennessee Outdoor Recreation Economy Report –Outdoor Industry Association
National Studies of the Benefits of Conserving Land:
- Investing in Nature: The Economic Benefits of Protecting Our Land and Water –Land Trust Alliance and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- Service From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness –The Trust for Public Land
- The Outdoor Recreation Economy –Outdoor Industry Association