The Georgia Land Trust, Inc. is seeking qualified applicants for the professional position of Monitoring Manager. The position will be based in either a home office or in the Land Trust’s Piedmont, Alabama office with routine travel throughout the coverage area. The Monitoring Manager position provides a competitive salary, plus benefits and is supervised by the Stewardship Director. The Monitoring  Manager supervises the Land Steward, in addition to consulting with Contractual Land Stewards involved in annual monitoring for protected lands.

Maritime forest and coastal hammocks and tidal marshes are conserved in the new conservation easement to be held and monitored by Georgia Land Trust.

Maritime forests and coastal marshes are just a few of the places to be monitored by Georgia Land Trust.

The Monitoring Manager’s primary responsibility is to prepare the annual monitoring plan and make assignments to stewardship staff for implementing the monitoring of protected lands.  For a look at the job description, please click here.

The Georgia Land Trust, Inc., is a public non-profit 501(c)(3). We are committed to protecting land for present and future generations by conserving land and water through voluntary donations of conservation easements.  The organization’s goal is to provide a wide variety of benefits to society through the protection of wildlife, native species, natural communities, watersheds, forest lands, farmlands, historic sites and to enable recreational opportunities. The Land Trust has protected over 250,000 acres throughout the Southeast.

 

The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust Family is excited to announce that The Chattowah Open Land Trust, Georgia Land Trust and Alabama Land Trust are truly becoming a family, one big happy one, by merging into one organization.

The Board of Directors of our three land trusts are setting the wheels in motion to

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merge these entities into one non-profit corporation to better serve you as the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust.

Our land trusts once operated as three separate organizations before combining our staff and boards in 2005. In 1995, The Chattowah Open Land Trust was established to protect lands in the Chattahoochee and Etowah watersheds of greater Atlanta. In 2005, the board of directors for The Chattowah Open Land Trust became the board of directors for the Alabama Land Trust (formerly the East Alabama Land Trust) and the Georgia Land Trust (formerly the Coastal Georgia Land Trust).

Under common leadership and staff, our land trusts have saved over 268,000 acres of open space forever, making us the largest nonprofit conservation easement holder of private lands in the Southeast. In February 2014, all three land trusts were awarded national accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

The merger will become effective in the Spring of this year. All of our conservation efforts will continue across our current service area of Georgia, Alabama, and adjacent states, but with the advantages of a streamlined single organization.

Landowners who donate voluntary conservation easements on their private lands are our number one ingredient for success. Our track record of establishing and monitoring over 750 conservation easements over the last 20 years makes us truly the landowners’ land trust!

Conservation easements allow the landowner to continue to own and use their land for farming, growing trees, hunting and recreation. Easements are used as a tool to help safeguard our regional’s rural farming and natural heritage, and protect high priority habitats and waters on private lands for wildlife. The donation of a conservation easement can reduce estate, income and property taxes for the landowner.

We look forward to working under our new name, the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, and helping landowners protect their land for present and future generations with your generous support.

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Call your Congress Member!

Time is running out to make the enhanced tax incentive permanent for conservation easements. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on H.R. 5806, the Supporting America’s Charities Act, which would make permanent the incentive for donations of conservation easements.

As the 113th Congress draws to a close, the Land Trust Alliance and six  other charitable nonprofits and foundations representing tens of thousands of organizations are calling on Congress to send the charitable tax incentives package to the President’s desk before the end of the year. A letter to Capitol Hill notes that “Congress has the opportunity to multiply the millions of individual acts of generosity happening across the country and make those contributions permanent,” including the incentive for donations of conservation easements.

This incentive has helped the Land Trust preserve over 250,000 acres in the past 20 years. It has also helped land owners and farmers keep their land and continue family traditions that support our rural heritage.

We urge you to call your House member NOW at 202-225-3121 and ask for their support!

Save Money and the planet with a FREE! rain barrel workshop.

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Finished Rain Barrel Project

The Alabama Land Trust is sponsoring a free Rain Barrel Workshop for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Class participants will learn, make and take; learn about how much water you can save with a rain barrel, make one yourself and then take one home.

The barrels and kits are being provided by our partners at Coca Cola and their River Network Partnership. The class will take place at the Red Cross facility at 1514 West 10th Street in Anniston at 10 am to 11:30 am on September 19th.

Only 20 places are available, so register early! Light refreshments will be served. Please wear workshop clothes and closed-toed shoes.

When: September 19th, 10 am -11:30 am

Where: 1514 West 10th Street, Anniston

Register:  cclaes@allandtrust.org

The next time you shop at Amazon.com, you can also donate to our family of land trusts. Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Alabama Land Trust, The Georgia Land Trust and The Chattowah Open Land Trust every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you log into smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5 % of the purchase price to the Land Trusts.
From time to time, there will be special promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donation amounts to the Land Trusts, so stay tuned for updates. Click the links below to sign up for donations to each land trust.

The Chattowah Open Land Trust, Inc.
The Alabama Land Trust, Inc.
Georgia Land Trust, Inc.

The Georgia Land Trust and The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry are sponsoring a two day class on conservation easements on September  9- 10.  The course will cover a wide range of topics concerning easements, such as:

  • How easements affect land use
  • The advantages/disadvantages of easements
  • Which agencies and organizations can accept easements
  • Tax aspects of easements
  • How to plan for an easementIMG_5894 (1280x853)

The class is built for everyone from the novice to the professional. Landowners with an interest in protecting their forest property from development or other exploitation should attend. Foresters, accountants, attorneys, appraisers, and wildlife resource managers who work with landowners will benefit as well, plus professional CE credits will be available. Please see the link for more information or to register.

Our own executive director, Katherine Eddins will be instructing the course, plus guest speakers include board member Jack Sawyer and staff members, Kat Nelson, Drew Ruttinger, Stephen Kirk, Kimberly Holmes and Amy Gaddy.

If you have any questions about the class go online or call Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566.

 

 

A bill making permanent the enhanced tax incentives for conservation easements is one step closer to becoming a law.  On Thursday, July 17th, the House passed H.R. 4719, The America Gives More Act of 2014, which is a charity package that, among many good causes, includes the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, HR 2807.

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Choccolocco Creek

The enhanced incentive has been a win-win solution for private landowners who want to protect natural resources important to our communities. This new face of conservation permits landowners to set aside land for future generations and ensures that the wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and open space they provide benefit our communities far into the future.

This bill will allow landowners to take advantage of a significant tax deduction for donating a voluntary conservation agreement to permanently protect important natural or historic resources on their land. When landowners donate a conservation easement to the Alabama, Georgia or Chattowah Open Land Trust, they maintain ownership and management of their land and can sell or pass the land on to their heirs, while foregoing future development rights.

The enhanced incentive applies to a landowner’s federal income tax. The bill changes the donation tax deduction in the following ways:

  • Raises the deduction a donor can take for donating a voluntary conservation agreement from 30% of their income in any year to 50%;
  • Allows farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income; and
  • Increases the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years.

“Our whole community wins when thoughtful landowners conserve their land this way. Conservation Easements protect wildlife habitat, provide clean drinking water, create recreational spaces, and preserve working farms and ranches,” said  Land Trust Executive Director, Katherine Eddins.

” The Alabama Land Trust, Georgia Land Trust and The Chattowah Open Land Trust join America’s 1,700 land trusts and their two million supporters in thanking our members of Congress  for making this important conservation tool available,” she said.

According to the Land Trust Alliance, the national organization that provides a voice for land trusts in Washington, DC, this year represents a unique opportunity for Congress to make a final push to get this legislation over the finish line. With the spotlight now shining on the Senate, it is important to make every effort possible to make the incentive permanent once and for all.

To learn more about the enhanced incentive visit: www.lta.org/easementincentive.

 

 

 

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