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Conservation Easement Statutes
Tennessee Code Annotated §66-9-301 et seq. provides for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry administers the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program is intended to protect forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple title or conservation easement purchases.

Contact:
Mr. Jere Jeter, State Forester and Assistant Commissioner
P.O. Box 40627
Melrose Station
Nashville, Tennessee 37204 
(615) 837-5435

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Heritage Conservation Trust Fund
Act 444 of 2005 established the Heritage Conservation Trust Fund. It was created to assist Tennessee in permanently conserving and preserving tracts of land within the state for the purposes of promoting tourism and recreation, including outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, equestrian activities and hiking; protecting, conserving and restoring the state’s physical, cultural, archeological, historical and environmental resources; and preserving working landscapes.  Ten million dollars were appropriated from state general funds in Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006.  Expenditures from the fund for projects must be approved by the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Board of Trustees, which is administratively attached to the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Contact:
Mr. Robert Martineau, Commissioner
Department of Environment and Conservation
401 Church Street, L&C Annex, 1st Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
(615) 532-0109

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Local Parks and Recreation Fund
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and the Wildlife Resources Agency, oversee the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (Tennessee Code Annotated §67-4-409 et seq.). The fund provides grants to all eligible local governmental entities for the purchase of lands for parks, natural areas, greenways, and for the purchase of land for recreation facilities. The funds may also be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas, and greenways. The Act authorizes that at least 60% of the funds allocated go to municipal governments.

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Natural Resources Trust Fund
The Natural Resources Trust Fund (Tennessee Code Annotated §11-14-301 et seq.) was created in 1985 to protect the endowment represented by the land and minerals owned by the state, and to ensure that development of state-owned non-renewable resources will proceed in a manner which is economically sound, and that revenues received from disposal of those resources will be used for the long term public interest. Grants from the fund may be awarded to all eligible local governmental entities and state areas for outdoor recreation, historical or archaeological sites, the acquisition of lands, waters, or interests in lands and waters.  The Department of Environment and Conservation administers project grants from the fund.

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Procedures for Annexation of State Parks
Tennessee Code Annotated §6-51-101 et seq. requires certain procedures preceding annexation of any state park. It requires the Department of Environment and Conservation to study the likely impact upon the park or natural area and its wildlife, scenery, ambiance, traffic, roads, visitors and mission prior to annexation.

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Administrative

East Tennessee Military Affairs Council
The East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (ETMAC), a non-profit corporation, was established “to recognize, encourage, support and be an advocate for military activities in East Tennessee as they relate to national defense and economic vitality of the area.”  The Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership sponsors ETMAC.

Contact:
Mr. Barry P. Allen, President
East Tennessee Military Affairs Council 
Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership
17 Market Square, #201
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
(865) 637-4550
ballen@brownandroberto.com

East Tennessee Military Affairs Council 


State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Ms. Patrice Collins, Economic Development Assistant 
East Tennessee Military Affairs Council
Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership
17 Market Square, #201
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
(865) 637-4550
(865) 246-2646
(865) 523-2071 fax
pcollins@knoxvillechamber.com

Adjutant General 
Major General Terry M. “Max” Haston, Adjutant General
Tennessee Department of Military
Houston Barracks
P.O. Box 41502
Nashville, Tennessee 37204-1501
(615) 313-3001
(615) 313-3100 fax
terry.max.haston@us.army.mil

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Joint Committee on Veteran Affairs, and the House and Senate State and Local Government Committees are the committees of primary jurisdiction for military issues. Research analysts are assigned to each of the House and Senate legislative committees.  Committee members rely on the research analysts to provide answers to simple questions regarding pending legislation or issues.

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate State and Local Government Committee
Senator Ken Yager, Chair
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 6 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
(615) 741-1449
(615) 253-0237 fax
sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov  

Ms. Addison Dower, Research Analyst
6 Legislative Plaza
Suite G-19 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0213 
(615) 741-1449

House State and Local Government Committee
Representative Matthew Hill, Chair 
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 23 Legislative Plaza.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: 615-741-2251
Fax: 615-253-0299
rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov

Carol Burroughs, Executive Assistant
23 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone (615) 741-2251

Senate Contact Information
Caitlin McBride
8 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone (615) 741-2468

House Contact Information
Pamela Laub
34 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone (615) 741-1963