Christie Peterson Henderson, director of Land Conservation at the Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation (TennGreen), was recently named Land Conservationist of the Year at the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s (TWF) 53rd annual Conservation Achievement Awards luncheon.
The federation’s annual ceremony was held in Nashville and recognized those whose contributions to wildlife and natural resource conservation deserve statewide appreciation. Awards were given in sixteen categories, to recipients selected by a statewide committee of natural resource conservation experts.
TennGreen is the oldest accredited, statewide land trust dedicated to the protection of Tennessee’s natural treasures. Since she began in May 2012, Mrs. Peterson Henderson has secured more than $3.26 million in grants to conserve some of Tennessee’s most important natural areas and iconic features. She has directed the protection of more than 14,000 acres, including the creation or expansion of five state/municipal parks, two state natural areas, and eight wildlife management areas (WMA). One of her favorite projects includes her work with Lincoln County to establish the Joy Gleghorn Nature Preserve at Wells Hill Park.
“When I put a voice and face to our first Lincoln County Park, The Joy Gleghorn Nature Preserve at Wells Hill, I see and hear Christie Peterson Henderson,” said Lincoln County Mayor, Bill Newman. “The Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation was so easy to work with and Christie was our go to when we had a question. Congrats Christie, you are so deserving.”
In 2017 alone, Mrs. Peterson Henderson helped protect more than 4,200 acres of pristine land for habitat enhancements, public access, and/or conservation easements. She is currently leading more than eleven projects in 9 counties, all of which are expected to close within the next two years.
“Christie’s multi-disciplinary expertise, passion for conserving the best of Tennessee, and unwavering commitment to protecting the land that sustains us all is a tribute to her character, professionalism, and leadership,” said TennGreen Executive Director Steve Law. “She is an environmental champion now and will continue being a conservation leader far into the future. We are all so proud of her.”