The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) conservation organization dedicated to protecting land for present and future generations, primarily by helping private landowners establish conservation easements on farm and forest lands.
The most traditional tool for conserving private land, a “conservation easement,” is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, and they can also sell it or pass it on to heirs. The conservation easement donation can reduce estate, income and property taxes for the landowner. To learn more about the easement process, click HERE.
Mission and strategic plan:
Our focus on forests, farm lands, rivers and streams is a way to maintain clean air, water, and fertile farmland. Our strategic plan guides our efforts through 2016 and includes the following goals:
- Goal #1 - Monitor 100% of our conservation easements annually with a goal of 100% compliance - ACHIEVED !
- Goal #2 - Protect an additional 125,000 acres of high conservation value lands with significant public benefit
- Goal #3 - Achieve Land Trust Alliance Accreditation - ACHIEVED !
- Goal #4 - Maintain and create the most professional staff
- Goal #5 - Raise sufficient funds to support the strategic plan with an increasing trajectory for the coming years