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Rachael BergmannConservation Project Manager, Southeast Tennessee

Rachael Bergmann is a passionate Conservation Project Manager working to conserve important places in Southeast Tennessee and the South Cumberland region. Rachael works directly with landowners on conservation easements, assists with land acquisitions, and coordinates our engagement efforts with local communities.

Rachael earned a Bachelors from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology, and Master’s in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University. She has broad experience in the environmental field, working on research and with non-profit organizations on issues including land conservation, urban forestry, food justice, and sustainability.

Rachael grew up in South Carolina, where she developed an early passion for the outdoors during weekends at her family’s home on Edisto Island. Her upbringing, and her 12 years of summer camp in Western North Carolina as a camper, expeditioner, and counselor inspired her to pursue conservation as a career, a decision that has provided opportunities to explore and protect diverse natural areas.

Outside of work, Rachael and her husband spend time enjoying Chattanooga. You can usually find them walking or biking along the Tennessee River, hiking the trails around Chattanooga, gardening or exploring new restaurants and open spaces around town.

I love visiting communities across Southeast Tennessee and learning from landowners and community members what land means to them. Our work helps current and future generations continue to tell these stories, shaping new appreciation and passion for the outdoors and natural places.