Athens Land Trust currently protects over 16,485 acres through conservation easements and fee simple donations in Athens-Clarke County and 35 other counties in Georgia. This land consists of working family farmland and forest, wetlands, neighborhood open space, and scenic vistas.
ALT works with landowners to protect ecologically rich areas, working farmland, and scenic areas in Georgia. 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 16,485 acres of land through conservation easements – a common land protection tool.
Land trusts are playing a growing role in the field of land and natural resource protection. In fact, more than 47 million acres in the United States are protected by land trusts, according to the 2010 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.
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