Stones River, Nashville Stones River Farm

When we helped complete Nashville’s first Open Space Plan in 2011, we identified the scenic and historic 600-acre Stones River Farm property in Tennessee as a top conservation priority. Recently, Nashville’s Metro Parks System asked us to act on that priority,… Read More

A Bright Future For Rocky Fork Rocky Fork creek

Success! After nearly five years of hard work, we were thrilled to convey the final piece of Rocky Fork, the largest tract of unprotected land in the southern Appalachian Mountains, to the U.S. Forest Service in September 2012. Located along… Read More

Balancing Nature And Commerce In Unicoi County View from Roy's Rock, Rocky Fork Tennessee

Known as “The Valley Beautiful,” this rural Appalachian community is prime for development, but it is also home to great natural beauty—making decisions about land use difficult. While helping to conserve one popular destination, Rocky Fork, our Conservation Leadership Network® (CLN) provided training… Read More

Open Space Plan For Nashville Nashville skyline

Like many American cities, fast-growing Nashville needs green strategy. Obesity-related conditions cost area residents an estimated $255 million annually. There are too few places for people to easily access the outdoors, with only about 3% of Davidson County in metro… Read More

City of Brentwood Pond at Ravenswood property in Brentwood, Tennessee

Access to the outdoors is a health and quality of life issue for all Americans, but especially those living in or near urban areas.  Our work with the city of Brentwood in Tennessee is a great example of how our… Read More

Fiery Gizzard Trail Mike Hicks

The Fund partnered with the Land Trust for Tennessee and the Friends of the South Cumberland State Recreation Area to purchase and protect more than 6,200 acres of the western bluff of Fiery Gizzard Cove and more than a mile… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Tennessee Cannon at Shiloh Battlefield

Franklin In partnership with the Franklin and Williamson County Heritage Foundation, the Fund protected nearly 60 acres on Roper’s Knob, the beautiful wooded hill that was a signal station during the war. Shiloh On April 6, 1862, General Albert Sidney… Read More

Great Smoky Mountains Smoky Mountains in autumn

The Fund and the Foothills Land Conservancy now hold one of the largest conservation easements ever donated by private parties in Tennessee. The nearly 770-acre property provides a two-mile buffer along the southwestern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park,… Read More


Ralph Knoll
Ralph Knoll Tennessee
(706) 885-9136

Tennessee Representative Ralph Knoll has worked in conservation for more than 30 years. Ralph joined The Conservation Fund in 2006. From Nashville’s urban charms to the wild Blue Ridge Mountains and Gulf Coastal Plain, he works to save the places that make Tennessee special.