Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1998. Our mission is to protect Tennessee’s natural treasures. Our vision is to create a network of parks, greenways, and wildlife areas across Tennessee from the mighty Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains and beyond. The Foundation strives to accomplish this vision through three strategies:
- conserve Tennessee Treasures;
- create Corridor Connections;
- and foster initiatives by others through Conservation Education, and Advocacy.
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Our vision is bold, but our strategies are sound. We save Tennessee Treasures and Corridor Connections by conducting capital campaigns, collaborating with public agencies and through outright purchase or by conservation easements (voluntary agreements with private landowners that permanently restrict land from development but keep it in private ownership). We award small grants to other conservation groups through a matching grant program, State Park Connections. Over $300,000 in grants have funded more than 185 projects across Tennessee. Through education and advocacy we work for greenway planning and increased conservation funding. Additionally we fundraise to buy natural treasures, accept land donations, and through our Emergency Land Bank, we make loans available to other private or public organizations. Our work has saved more than 40 treasures including famous Tennessee landmarks such as Gateway to Mound Bottom, Black Mountain, Devilstep Hollow Cave and Head of Sequatchie Springs, Randolph Bluff and more.