Land Trust for Tennessee celebrates national award for its work in conservation of land

Staff file photo by Doug Strickland / The falls over the dam at Rainbow Lake are seen on Nov. 28, 2014, in Signal Mountain, Tenn. The Land Trust for Tennessee at the time was helping the town of Signal Mountain to permanently protect the 342-acre public park space.

Officials and supporters with The Land Trust for Tennessee are celebrating after recently receiving the Land Trust Alliance's National Land Trust Excellence Award for its work in conservation of land that is meaningful to people and places statewide.

"Tennessee's farms, forests, parks and open spaces are vital to our state," Liz McLaurin, President and CEO of The Land Trust for Tennessee, said in a statement on the award. "We're honored to receive national recognition for our work to protect this beautiful place we call home."

For more than 20 years, The Land Trust for Tennessee has worked to protect more than 130,000 acres of land through over 400 conservation projects in 70 Tennessee counties, according to a statement on the award. The organization earned the recognition from the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that shares the same goals.

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