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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Tennessee State Land Trust

Tennessee is getting into the land trust business. The Governor's office sent out this press release earlier today, marking the next big step in the state's plan to form a trust....

Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the appointment of the members of the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board, a group of 11 Tennesseans who will help lead his land preservation and protection initiative.
Bredesen in September 2005 signed the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Act, which promotes public-private partnerships as a means for conserving the state’s natural spaces. The legislation establishes a board of trustees to raise funds and accept donations for land conservation through a 501(c)(3), as well as manage a $10 million budget approved earlier this spring by the Tennessee General Assembly.
“It’s personally important to me to preserve land for the future of our state and the people of Tennessee. Once it’s gone, we can never go back to the wild spaces that are so much a part of Tennessee’s landscape,” Bredesen said. “I am grateful to these Tennesseans for their willingness to serve our state. Their leadership will prove vital in our efforts to preserve and protect the natural spaces we cherish in Tennessee.”
The board’s members represent all regions of the state and will serve staggered four-year terms:
Jeannine Alday
Jeannine Alday has served Hamilton County for more than 20 years in her current position as chief of staff to county mayor Claude Ramsey and as the county’s former Human Services Administrator. Alday is a member of the Tennessee Riverpark Planning and Design Committee, the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, the Trust for Public Land Advisory Committee and the National Recreation and Parks Asspciation.
William “Buck” Clark
William Clark is a principal in the Clark and Clark real estate development firm of Shelby County. He is a board member emeritus of the Tennessee chapter of the Nature Conservancy and has worked extensively to help preserve the Wolf River natural area in West Tennessee.
Pete Claussen
Pete Claussen is the founder and chairman of Gulf & Ohio Railways, a shortline railroad operations company. Claussen also founded the Seven Islands Foundation, which helped develop a 410-acre wildlife refuge in south Knoxville. He chairs the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s board of directors and is a member of the Smithsonian Institution National Board of Directors. He also serves on boards and committees with the Knoxville Public Building Authority, the National Transportation Research Center and the Knoxville Zoo.
Bruce Dobie
Bruce Dobie, former editor and publisher of the Nashville Scene newspaper, helped found the Land Trust for Tennessee and leads the group’s South Cumberland and Sequatchie Valley conservation initiative.
Darrell Freeman
Darrell Freeman is president and CEO of Zycron, Inc., a technology company. He is the incoming chairman of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and chairs the boards of Stone Crest Medical Center and 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee. His past service includes the Boy Scouts of America and the Federal Reserve Advisory Board.
J. Andrew Goddard
Drew Goddard leads the environmental practice of Nashville law firm Bass, Berry and Sims. Goddard has practiced environmental law for 20 years and has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s environmental section. In 2004 and 2005, Business Tennessee voted Goddard as one of the state’s best environmental lawyers.
Mary H. Johnson
Mary Johnson is vice president of Interstate Realty and Development in Bristol and serves as the vice chair of the Tennessee Conservation Commission. She also serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Smokies, the Tennessee chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Natural Areas Advisory Board and the North Carolina Arboretum Board.
Cheryl W. Patterson
Cheryl Patterson is an attorney with the Memphis law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. She serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Museum of Memphis, Bridges, Inc. and the Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis and Shelby County. Patterson is a member of the Memphis, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.
John W. Rose
John Rose owns a working family farm that has operated in Smith and DeKalb counties since 1874. He is president of Smith Fork Ventures, Inc., an investment firm, and served under the Sundquist Administration as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Rose is vice chair of the Tennessee Future Farmers of America Foundation, Inc., and vice chair-elect of the Tennessee Tech Foundation’s board of directors.
Becky Wilson
Becky Wilson is a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the state’s Western District and the founder of Bridge Builders, a youth leadership program. Wilson serves as a board of trust member for Vanderbilt University, a board of governors member for the Memphis Community Foundation and as director for the Memphis Zoological Society.
Earl Worsham
Earl Worsham is chairman of the Worsham Group and Worsham Watkins International, a hotel and real estate development company. He is the former chairman of International Trout Unlimited and a board member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Worsham owns more than 3,000 adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, where he is active in conservation efforts.


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