Goal for 2011

The goal has been met!

On December 4, the Pilot Group’s landowners officially signed their conservation easement forms, meeting the West Meade Conservancy’s goal for 2011!

Audra Ladd, The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Project Director, presided, assisted by Bob Brandt, Land Trust for TN board member.  Jeanie Nelson, Executive Director of The Land Trust for Tennessee cheered the group on.

Each signing was greeted by applause and congratulations.  The Pilot Group members were aware that they were inaugurating something new for Nashville and for The Land Trust for Tennessee.  A celebration for everyone was held the next week.

See Anne Paine’s article in The Tennessean on line.



Goal for 2011: to finish the pilot group of conservation easements, a major step toward carrying out the WMC’s mission and creating a process for urban conservation

The West Meade Conservancy’s pilot group of easements will consist of sections of nine contiguous properties on Jocelyn Hollow and Rolling Fork Dr.   Owners have chosen to set aside portions of wooded hillside and Jocelyn Branch of Richland Creek to remain in a natural state through the protection of individual conservation easements maintained by The Land Trust for Tennessee.


               Pilot Group members and neighbors gather to discuss easement boundary

 Steps to completion of the conservation process

  • Contiguous signed-up properties form “conservation-worthy” group
  • Group and Land Trust for TN agree on easement boundary
  • Group and Land Trust for TN agree on easement document
  • Lots have title searches and surveys; markers show easement boundary
  • All costs are met (the WMC has been given generous discounts for professional help and for The Land Trust for Tennessee’s stewardship fees for maintaining the easements in perpetuity).
  • Landowners and Land Trust sign easement document






Members of Pilot Group


Thanks to Kate Rosenthal (Rosenthal & Chapman Title, Inc.), Tommy Mallard (Complete Surveying Services) and Margaret Sherbert (attorney).

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