Now that the WMC is moving into the phase of establishing official easement groups, it needs to fund the process. The Land Trust for Tennessee has set up a special fund for donations to the WMC’s costs: title searches, surveys, legal services, and stewardship (yearly maintenance and legal fees if an easement agreement is violated).
The ways in which the fund can grow are through grants (there is already a grant application out), through private donations, and through matching funds from other agencies. Monies from WMC fund-raising events are also added to this fund.
The Land Trust for Tennessee’s WMC Fund
- Purpose: to cover costs for the initial easement group, to start a stewardship fund, and to “leverage” matching funds from other sources. It is essential to produce a first group of official easements to prove the WMC’s project is realistic.
- Who: Anyone who cares about preserving the woods of West Meade or preserving the green “corridor” surrounding much of Nashville (see map under Ecological Corridor section) . You can make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to The Land Trust for Tennessee’s “West Meade Conservancy Fund” by mail or on-line. The WMC, though a registered non-profit, is not a 501 ( c ) (3) organization and so cannot accept donations directly.
- How: By mail–send a donation to The Land Trust for Tennessee, 209 10th Avenue South, Suite 530, Nashville, TN 37203, and write “West Meade Conservancy” on your check’s subject line. To recieve a special donation card, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to write “For the West Meade Conservancy” in the “Comments” box. Donors may request that their donations be anonymous. Or donate directly through their website.