Land Conservation

Athens Land Trust currently holds conservation easements protecting 11,528 acres in Athens-Clarke County and 23 other counties in Georgia. This land consists of working family farmland and forest, wetlands, neighborhood open space, and scenic vistas.

 Turkey Bluff in 2013 a Conservation Easement was created to preserve 502 acres in Screven County, Georgia. The easement contains 3 miles of frontage along the Brier Creek, with cypress trees, black water swamps ans 170 acres of oak hickory forest.

Turkey Bluff
In 2013 a Conservation Easement preserved 502 acres in Screven County, Georgia. Protecting 3 miles of frontage along the Brier Creek, with cypress trees, black water swamps and 170 acres of oak hickory forest.

Rattlesnake Ranch

Rattlesnake Ranch
Protecting 257 acres in Morgan County, Georgia. Preserving  the historic ‘Balance Rock’, 4 acres of granite outcrops and 180 acres of oak hickory forest and mature bottomland forest along 2 miles of Hard Labor Creek and its tributaries

Land Protected By ALT

ALT works with landowners to protect forests, river and stream corridors, wetlands and other ecologically rich areas, working farmland, and scenic areas in and surrounding Athens-Clarke County. Protecting natural areas sustains critical ecosystem products such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, water supply and productive soils. These “natural commodities” provide a wide array of benefits to humans and wildlife and create the foundation for environmental and economic sustainability. ALT currently protects 11,528 acres of land through conservation easements – a common land protection tool.

A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a property owner and a land trust that restricts the type and amount of development allowed on the owner’s property. The restrictions outlined in the easement are negotiated between the property owner and the land trust and generally allow for the continued existing use of the property. Since the landowner continues to own the property, he/she maintains the rights of occupancy, privacy and transferability – the property owner can sell or transfer the property at any time. Once the restrictions in the easement are final, the easement becomes part of the property deed, permanently protecting the conservation values. To read more about conservation easements, see Frequently Asked Questions about Conservation Easements.

Land trusts have been extraordinarily successful and are playing a larger role in the field of land and natural resource protection. In fact, more than 47 million acres are protected by land trusts, according to the 2005 National Land Trust Census.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

For more information, please contact:

Conservation Coordinator
Dyan Holt