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Emily B. ParishVice President

Emily Parish oversees the conservation and stewardship efforts of the Land Trust for Tennessee, including the projects of nine staff in the Nashville and Chattanooga offices. Emily joined The Land Trust as a Land Protection Assistant in 2004. The longest tenured member of the team, she has been instrumental in protecting more than 120,000 acres of land.

Emily earned her undergraduate degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She won the 2012 Nashville Emerging Young Leaders Award for “Environment & Sustainability.” Emily was a founding member of the Farmland Legacy Partnership, a 13-agency working group focused on the protection of Tennessee farmland.

Over the years, Emily has represented The Land Trust on The Tennessee Preservation Trust’s Board of Directors, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association’s Board of Directors, and the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices Advisory Team. She currently sits on the USDA-NRCS Technical Committee and serves the Alliance’s Conservation Defense Committee as an alumni member. She also serves as the Southeast representative on the Land Trust Alliance’s Terrafirma Members Committee. Emily is nationally recognized as an expert on conservation easements and regularly presents on topics relating to land conservation.

Emily is also a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) graduate who’s hiked three 15,000-foot mountains.  Outside of work, Emily serves on the Glendale Elementary PTO. On the weekends she can be found lifting weights or enjoying time outside with her husband and two daughters.

I am inspired by the amazing people that I get to work with every day, who choose to protect their land for future generations of Tennesseans to enjoy.