What We Do
The West Meade Conservancy’s plan is simple: West Meade landowners who choose to participate sign a registration form identifying the portion of their property to be covered by a conservation easement which limits the use of the land in perpetuity. A first group of easements was made legally final on December 4th, 2011. Property by property the groups of easements will grow. Neighbors will inform other neighbors. The area to be preserved will expand as new people join in the effort of preservation (see map below).
The goal is to create an expanding collection of contiguous conservation easements to protect wooded areas, wildlife habitat, and the watershed. The easements will be maintained in perpetuity by The Land Trust for Tennessee, though the area will remain private and residential.
“There are many reasons that landowners in Tennessee place their property into conservation easements. For many, it’s a love of the land and a desire to pass it down to their children and grandchildren. For others, it’s a wish to protect against encroaching development and to see natural beauty remain untouched.” –Jean C. Nelson, president and executive director, The Land Trust for Tennessee [The Tennessean, 9/22/2011]
JOIN IN THE EFFORT
Ron Whitaker, dedicated WMC volunteer: “Anybody who loves these woods is part of the West Meade Conservancy.”
If you own wooded and/or creekside property in West Meade, fill out and mail in a Landowner Registration Form accompanied by a marked Lot Map [see “How to Get the Dimensions of Your Lot“] or use the “Contact Us” link. Registrants may also request yard signs.