Great Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountains in autumn. Photo by Carl Wycoff/Flickr
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, renowned worldwide for its scenic views and abundant wildlife, such as bobcat, black bear and migrating songbirds. Along with other partners, Tennessee’s U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, along with Ruby Tuesday CEO Sandy Beall and his wife, Kreis made a gift of the easement.