Greenprint Projects

Cumberland Region


Long exposure of waterfalls tumbling over rocks into a pool in a forest.
Tennessee Waterfalls in a forest. © Santiago Figueroa/TNC Photo Contest 2019

Cumberland Region Tomorrow (CRT) partnered with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to produce an online greenprint tool, a website hosted by the Regional Planning Department that offers public access to roughly 40 data layers representing resources within the region. The study area covers 10 counties that center around Nashville, and cover a broad range of land types and uses.

The tool was originally assembled in 2009 and updated in 2011, and now includes data layers showing agriculture, water resources, recreation and tourism, forestry, and cultural sites, among others. The report linked to here is presented as a user manual for the online tool, but also contains relevant maps and a few brief analyses of those figures.  

Year Published:  2011

State:  Tennessee

Landscape Context:  Inland

Housing Density:  Suburban

Funding Type:  Public

Organizations Involved:

Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency


Water Quality, Floodplains/Flood Prevention, Open Space/Habitat, Recreation, Working Land, Historic/Cultural Sites

Stakeholder Involvement:

Stakeholders were uninvolved. The data were collected and curated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency in 2008 and again in 2011, an update that added data on working lands and recreation.

Desired Outcomes:

The project aimed to create a tool for 'quality growth' in the Cumberland Region to outfit land use decision makers with the tools to catalyze development in strategic areas while preserving the value of the region's natural and cultural resources. More broadly, strategic open space conservation and sustainable development.

What It Accomplished:

Online mapping tool for land use planners that is integrated into the region's Metro Planning Department website. The Nashville Metropolitan Planning Department hosts and curates that data, ensuring that they are incorporated into planning work across many scales.

Additional Information and Reports