The Conservation Program protects and improves working lands and natural habitat across Georgia. We work with landowners from the Blue Ridge to the Golden Isles to protect their property through conservation easements, and with farmers to help them access and implement federal programs. As a local and statewide partner, we collaborate to conduct outreach and help develop programs to remove invasive species and litter, improve soil and water quality, and ensure Georgia’s unique rural landscapes and urban greenspaces are protected for future generations.
Athens Land Trust is an accredited Land Trust. The Land Trust Accreditation Program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.
Athens Land Trust currently protects over 17,010 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.