FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS(FAQs)

Our staff would love to answer your questions and we are available at info@tenngreen.org or (615) 329-4441. 

 

 

What is TennGreen? 

TennGreen is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to protect the best of Tennessee’s natural world through conservation easements and acquisition of privately-held land (FIN 62-1557574). We were founded in 1998 and are the oldest accredited, statewide land trust in Tennessee. Through collaboration with members, private landowners, local municipalities, and state and federal agencies, we work to create parks, establish wildlife corridors, expand existing protected public lands, and enhance public access for recreational pursuits. We believe that we must do more to protect our natural world so that future generations can enjoy the ecologically rich, beautiful, and historically significant treasures that make Tennessee unique.

 

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What is a land trust?

A land trust is a non-profit organization that protects land directly, usually by helping landowners establish a conservation easement, accepting donations of property and easements, or buying land. 

 

 

Why is it important for TennGreen to be considered an accredited land trust? 

Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. TennGreen was first accredited in 2010, and renews its accreditation status every 5 years through a rigorous vetting process. In 2015, TennGreen was granted accreditation renewal through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

 

 

What type of land does TennGreen protect?

Our efforts are focused on corridors (strategic at-risk regions with high conservation value) and greenways (links that create larger adjacent natural areas by connecting existing protected areas with parks and other natural areas). We focus on these corridors and greenways in order to conserve habitat, facilitate wildlife movement, and enhance public recreation opportunities.

 

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How does TennGreen protect land? 

We protect important land through conservation easements, donations of land, and land purchases (made possible by partnerships and/or fundraising efforts).

 

Click here to learn more about conservation options and how we can help protect your land.

 

 

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. The easement is a deed restriction that runs with the land in perpetuity, which means that the restrictions stay in place even if the land is inherited or sold in the future. Each easement is also tailored to the desires of the landowner and typically includes restrictions on conservation easement A division of land into multiple parcels, residential/commercial development, and timber harvesting.

 

Click here to learn about how you can benefit from a TennGreen conservation easement. 

 

 

Does TennGreen accept outright Gifts of Land (land donations)? If so, what type of land is accepted?

Yes, we accept gifts of land! TennGreen accepts two types of land donations:

 

  1. Land with important conservation features or value (i.e. woodlands, wetlands, or stream banks)

  2. Land with no important conservation features or value (i.e. trade lands)

 

Click here to learn more about the benefits of donating your land to TennGreen. 

 

 

What are trade lands?

Trade lands are properties gifted to a land trust that may or may not have important conservation features or value. These properties can be industrial, residential, or commercial, and they are donated specifically to be traded or sold (with proceeds going to the land trust). Trade lands can be donated outright or through planned giving, and there are several options with regard to how proceeds are utilized.

 

Click here or call our office at (615) 329-4441 to learn more about how your land donation can help TennGreen's conservation efforts. 

 

Why is it important that we protect Tennessee's natural treasures?

Tennessee is abundant with natural resources, and it is one of the most species diverse inland states in the U.S. Protecting this diversity is what drives our conservation mission, especially as threats rise from unprecedented population growth, habitat destruction, forest fragmentation, diminishing air and water quality, and weakened environmental regulation. Our mission of protecting Tennessee's natural treasures is a complex endeavor. However, this mission is vital in order to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that sustains us all.

 

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Where does TennGreen work?

TennGreen is a statewide land trust with offices located in both Nashville and Memphis.

 

Click here for a map of our projects and areas of focus. 

 

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