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Land Trust for the Little Tennessee


Nestled within some of the oldest mountains on earth, the
upper Little Tennessee River basin, and their surrounding
mountain ranges, possesses a unique - yet threatened - natual
and cultural heritage.

Our vision is one of a healthy rural landscape and vibrant,
sustainable economy situated within a well functioning

Our Work
LTLT helps to conserve the landscape of the upper Little
Tennessee and Hiwasee River Valleys by accepting gifts of
land, by promoting conservation easements and, when
resources allow, by purchasing at-risk properties.

LTLT works to restore the landscape through technical advice
and the demonstration of sustainable forestry and agriculture,
streamside reforestation, invasive exotic plant control, and
wetland restoration. We believe that promoting responsible
stewardship of our natural resources may ultimately be our
most important work.

Our Heritage
The upper Little Tennessee valley is the heart of the Southern
Blue Ridge. Nestled within some of the oldest mountains on
earth, it has a richer combined natural and cultural history than
any other area of its size in the eastern United States. The five
great mountain ranges towering over the broad valleys of the
Little Tennessee River and its tributaries shelter ancient and
magnificent forests, an extraordinary diversity of aquatic and
botanical species, and a rural landscape with farmlands that
have sustained agriculture for over 4000 years.
T.M. Rickman
General Store
Mission Statement

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is dedicated to
conserving the waters, forests, farms, and heritage of the Upper
Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River Valleys. We work in
partnership with private landowners, public agencies, and others
to conserve land, insuring that the natural beauty, ecological
integrity, and rural character of our region are preserved for
generations to come.
This vision recognizes the connectivity of:
Past land use by Native Americans and European settlers with
the current ecological and cultural landscape;
Patterns of current land use and management with the quality
of water in the streams and rivers;

Maintaining the native biological diversity with the integrity
and functioning of the ecosystem across the landscape;

Ecological health with sustainable economic and social
developments; and

A healthy environment with the quality of life of its people and
rural communities.