Noel Durant, a Chattanooga native served in a variety of roles for Trust For Public Land before he assumed the role of Tennessee State Director in 2021. An avid outdoorsman with a degree in Natural Resource Management from Clemson University, he was previously the office’s Institutional Giving Manager and Program Director. He also led the Crested Butte Land Trust in Crested Butte, Colorado.
In 2022, Durant is focused on the completion of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, the development of a new trail to connect Red Bank’s White Oak Park with Chattanooga’s famed Stringer’s Ridge, and a significant expansion of Lockeland Springs Park in East Nashville. As Tennessee State Director, Durant will be responsible for the completion of these and other projects, in addition to managing the office’s operations staff and collaborating with the state’s Director of Philanthropy to secure financial support for the region’s many efforts to protect land and create parks for people.