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Brooks LambConservation Project Manager, Rural Lands

Brooks Lamb is driven to protect Tennessee’s rural landscapes and the important economic and social benefits they provide. Brooks works directly with landowners, civic groups, and state and local officials to protect farms, fields, and forests across the state

Raised on a small farm outside of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, Brooks cultivated an early interest in land protection, and his passion grew in college. Majoring in history and double minoring in political science and environmental studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Brooks explored the environment from inside the classroom. He also nurtured his commitment to land and nature through direct service. For ten hours each week, Brooks worked with Overton Park Conservancy to help protect and improve Memphis’s historic Overton Park. While with the Conservancy, he planted trees, developed new membership materials, and wrote a book, titled “Overton Park: A People’s History,” that details the park’s history through personal perspectives.

After graduating from Rhodes in May 2017, Brooks interned for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., as a recipient of the prestigious Truman Scholarship. During his summer at ELI, he worked extensively on floodplain acquisition projects and on efforts to better connect the agricultural and environmental communities.

In his free time, Brooks enjoys reading books and poems by Wendell Berry, working on his family’s farm, and listening to country and bluegrass music.

Tennessee’s natural spaces have shaped me as a person, and I know that the same can be said for many others. For me, the land is more than just a resource—it’s also a part of our communities. Nature is a neighbor, and I think we should treat it as such. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with a friendly and hard-working team that is dedicated to conserving Tennessee’s land.