Conservation Program Areas
Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc. protects land in both states with conservation easements. In the map below, conservation easements are denoted by dots and show concentrations of easements in northwest Georgia, northeast Alabama and around Atlanta. We also have an office in Savannah.
Landowners or others wanting more information about conservation easements contact:
Georgia-Alabama Land Trust226 Old Ladiga Road
Piedmont, AL 36272
428 Bull Street, Suite 201
Savannah, GA 31401
Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) partnership protects military mission, land, species
Georgia Land Trust, Inc. works with Fort Stewart, Fort Benning and other conservation partners on the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program. As partners, the Georgia Land Trust and Alabama Land Trust are qualified holders of conservation easements (CEs) generated by the program. In the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program, we team with the U.S. Department of Defense and other land protection entities to allow the military to retain the ability of units to train along the perimeter of Fort properties.
Fort Stewart is located in the heart of a once vast longleaf pine ecosystem. Today, less than 3 million acres of longleaf forest remains, and less than 3 percent of the acreage is considered to be in relatively natural condition. The installation is home to six federally listed species and 20 state-listed or federal species of concern.
If you own land near Fort Stewart or Fort Benning and would like to help preserve military readiness, protect valuable conservation values while continuing the low-density use of your land, please contact:
ACUB Program Coordinator
Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust
Program Director Columbus, GA. office: 706-718-0191
Bringing Back the Wetlands
In November 2013, the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust became an authorized in-lieu fee mitigation program sponsor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -Savannah District. In-Lieu Fee Mitigation (ILF) is part of the Corps’ resource mitigation program intended to provide off-sets through restoration and protection of protected water resources. This program is essential to the successful implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, which seeks to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation's waters.
In-Lieu Fee is one of the means employed by the USACE to provide compensatory mitigation and satisfy the longstanding national goal of ‘‘no net loss’’ of wetland acreage.
CREDIT PURCHASE STEPS:
- Confirm credit availability and submit a permit application to the Savannah District requesting use of GALT-ILF.
- Corp reviews and determines if use of GALT-ILF is acceptable.
- Permittee provides GALT with permit, credit worksheets, and documentation of District approval to use GLT-ILF.
- Permittee purchases credit(s) and transfers funds to the GALT-ILF program.
- GALT and Permittee sign and date a credit sale letter to the District recording the purchase.
- January 2017 ILG Credit Pricing Schedule
GALT-ILF funds will be used on mitigation projects within the same service area as the Corps-permitted unavoidable impact, except at the discretion of the Corps. Requests for proposals to apply for future Program funds will be made periodically.
Non-profit conservation organizations, environmental consultants, and government agencies are all potential partners on mitigation projects.
Habitats and Farmland
The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust uses State Wildlife Action Plans to guide landowners and encourage them to incorporate special provisions in their conservation easements that help promote state wildlife conservation goals.
Some examples of threatened and endangered species for which our conservation efforts provide habitat include the following:
-- An easement along the Cahaba River now protects 64 rare and imperiled plant and animal species, 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world,The Cahaba River has more fish species at than any other river its size in North America. One of these easements along the Cahaba is home to one of the largest populations of the rare Alabama croton (Croton alabamensis).
-- 70 fish species and 21 taxa of snails in the Choccolocco Creek watershed of the Coosa River are now preserved along Choccolocco Creek. The Coosa River watershed, including the Choccolocco watershed, is believed to support the largest number of endangered and threatened species found in any Alabama waterway of comparable size.
-- Our collaboration with the Army Compatible Use Buffer program and the conservation easement projects surrounding Fort Stewart protect potential and existing habitats that are capable of supporting the rare species known to exist on Fort Stewart including the flatwoods salamander, striped newt, gopher frog, Bachman's sparrow, swallow-tailed kite, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, indigo snake, Florida pine snake, purple honeycomb head, and pondspice.
We also work with farmers to preserve fertile soils. Food producing soils across Alabama and Georgia have been threatened by development over the past decade. Conservation easements can be used to preserve working farms and ranches. Over the past few years, the Land Trusts have been working with farmers in southwest Georgia, preserving over 20,000 acres of food-producing soils.