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
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.