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Jake BlessingConservation Project Manager

Jake serves as a Conservation Project Manager for The Land Trust for Tennessee. In his role, he works directly with Tennesseans to achieve their vision for conservation on their land.

Jake grew up in Southeast Michigan, where as a kid he grew a wildlife garden in his backyard. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Williams College and a Master’s in Ecology from Cornell University.  Before coming to Tennessee, he worked for land trusts in Michigan and Montana, developing a passion for the conservation of working and recreational private lands.

Outside of work, Jake enjoys exploring rivers with a fishing rod, trying new things in his garden, and hiking in new and familiar places. He and his wife take any chance they can get to play outside with their two boys.

“I am honored to collaborate with landowners to protect some of Tennessee’s most beautiful and productive open spaces for future generations.”