*To qualify for the Federal and state tax incentives described under Land Conservation Tools, a landowner needs to partner with either a government agency or a qualified land trust.

What is a land trust?

A land trust is a nonprofit organization that actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting direct land transactions. 

Finding a land trust partner:

There are about 50 land trusts that operate in Georgia. One of the services the Georgia Land Conservation Center provides is to link a landowner with the most appropriate land trust(s) in your area. This often is based on the kind of land – for instance, forest land, agricultural land, wetlands, habitat for wildlife – and the kinds of future uses to be allowed – for instance, timber harvesting, farming, wildlife enhancement. Contact us.  

Accredited land trusts:

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission accredits land trusts who meet or exceed a number of specific standards. Formal accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation, recognizing organizations for meeting national standards of excellence, upholding the pubic trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent. As of September 2012, there are nine accredited land trusts operating in Georgia: the Athens Land Trust (www.athenslandtrust.org), the Central Savannah River Land Trust (www.csrlt.org), the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (www.ltlt.org) the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (www.mctga.org), the Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org/Georgia), the Oconee River Land Trust (www.orlt.com), the Open Space Institute, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (www.talltimbers.org) and Wildlands America Trust/Ducks Unlimited. 

State-recognized qualified organizations:

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recognizes a number of land trusts operating in Georgia as organizations qualified to participate in the state’s tax credit program. A list of these qualified land trusts may be found at www.glcp.ga.gov/taxcredit

Land trusts operating in Georgia:

In alphabetical order

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Land Trust
799 Washington Street

P. O. Box 807
Harpers Ferry, VA 25425-0807

Phone: 304-535-6331
Fax: 304-535-2667

Contact: Caroline Dufour

E-Mail: cdufour(at)appalachiantrail.org


Athens Land Trust 
685 North Pope Street

Athens, GA 30601

Phone: 706-613-0122

Fax: 706-613-0143

Contact: Land Conservation Director: Laura Hall

E-Mail: laura@athenslandtrust.org


Atlantic Coast Conservancy

634 South Main Street

Jasper, GA 30143

Phone: 706-273-9173

Contact: Dr. Robert Keller



Audubon Environmental Land Trust
1000 Saint Albans Drive
Suite 350

Raleigh,NC 27609

Phone: 919-380-9640

Fax: 919-380-7415

Contact: Rich Henderson, Executive Director

E-Mail: rhenderson(at)audubonenv.com


Black Family Land Trust
509 West Poinsett Street

Greer, SC 29650

Phone: 864-469-0095

Contact: Executive Director: Teresa Cosby


Broad River Watershed Association
PO Box 661
Danielsville , GA 30633

Phone: 706-795-5097 or 795-5313

Contact: Co-Chairs: Dudley Hartel
& Robbie Griffith
E-Mail: board(at)brwa.org


Camden County Land Trust
308 Mush Bluff Trail

St. Marys,GA 31558

Phone: 912-925-3159

Fax: 912-927-9766

Contact: Vice President: Alan Bailey

E-Mail: cclt(at)camdencountylandtrust.org


Central Savannah River Land Trust
P. O. Box 148
753 Broad Street

Augusta, GA 30903

Phone: 706-312-5263

Fax: 706-312-5264

Contact: Executive Director: Hazel Langrall
E-Mail: hazel(at)csrlt.org


Chattahoochee Hill Country Conservancy
6505 Rico Road

Palmetto,GA 30268

Phone: 770-463-1548
Contact: Chair: Alan Merrill

E-Mail: alan.conservancy(at)gmail.com


Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust
P. O. Box 175

Columbus, GA 31902

Phone: 706-718-3324

Fax: 706-596-1024

Contact: Program Director: Tammy Mayer

E-Mail: tmayer(at)galandtrust.org


Chattooga Conservancy
8 Sequoia Hills Lane
Clayton,GA 30525

Phone: 706-782-6097

Fax: 706-782-6098

Contact: Nicole Hayler

E-Mail: info(at)chattoogariver.org


Chattowah Open Land Trust

c / o Georgia Land Trust
428 Bull Street, Suite 210

Savannah,GA 31401

Phone: 866-656-5263

Fax: 888-876-3883

Contact: Executive Director: Katherine Eddins, Esq.

E-Mail: Katherine(at)galandtrust.org


Civil War Trust

Contact: Director of Real Estate: Tom Gilmore

Phone: 202-367-1861 ext. 7227

E-mail: tgilmore@civilwar.org


Cobb Land Trust
P. O. Box 672652

Marietta, GA 30006-0045


Elachee Nature Science Center

2125 Elachee Drive

Gainesville, GA 30504

Phone: 770-535-1976

Contact: Executive Director Andrea Timpone



Georgia Agricultural Land Trust
P. O. Box 1680

Carrollton,GA 30112

Phone: 770-656-6743

Contact: John Pershing, Executive Director

E-Mail: john.pershing(at)gmail.com

Georgia Land Trust
(A Unit of the Chattowah Open Land Trust)
428 Bull Street, Suite 210

Savannah,GA 31401

Phone: 866-656-5263

Fax: 888-876-3883

Contact: Executive Director: Katherine Eddins, Esq.

E-Mail: Katherine(at)galandtrust.org

Georgia Land Conservation Center
380 Meigs Street

Athens, GA 30601

Phone: 706-546-7507

Fax: 706-613-7775

Contact: Executive Director: Hans Neuhauser

E-Mail: hans@galandcc.com

Georgia Piedmont Land Trust
P.O. Box 3687

Suwanee, GA 30024

Phone: 770-945-3111 

Fax: 770-614-0593

Contact: Executive Director: Carol Hassell

E-Mail: chassell(at)mindspring.com


Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
1516 Peachtree Street, NW

Atlanta,GA 30309-2916

Phone: 404-885-7804

Fax: 404-875-2205

Contact: Anne H. Farrisee

E-Mail: afarrisee(at)georgiatrust.org


Georgia Wildlife Federation
11600 Hazelbrand Rd

Covington, GA 30014

Phone: 770-787-7887

Fax: 770-787-9229

Contact: President and CEO: Todd Holcomb

Griffin Area Land Trust

333 South 9th Street

Griffin, GA 30224 


Gwinnett Open Land Trust

see Georgia Piedmont Land Trust

Land Trust For The Little Tennessee

P. O. Box 1148,
557 East Main Street

Franklin, NC 28744-2711

Phone: 828-524-9582

Fax: 828-524-4741

Contact: Executive Director: Paul Carlson

E-Mail: info(at)ltlt.org


Lookout Mountain Conservancy
Box 76

Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Phone: 423-424-3882

Fax: 423-424-3882
Contact: Chief Executive Officer: Robyn Carlton

E-Mail: info@lookoutmountainconservancy.org



Lula Lake Land Trust
Suite A
29 Mount Olive Road

Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

Phone: 404-861-8567

Contact: Bobby Davenport

E-Mail: rmdavenport@lulalake.org

Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Inc.
P. O. Box 752

Madison, GA 30650

Phone: 706-342-9252

Fax: 404-815-7251

Contact: Christine McCauley, Executive Director

E-Mail: mmconservancy(at)mindspring.com


Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia
104 North Main Street, Suite B3

Jasper, GA 30143

Phone: 706-253-4077

Fax: 706-253-4078

Contact: Vacant, Executive Director



National Wild Turkey Federation
P. O. Box 530

Edgefield,SC 29824

Phone: 803-637-3106

Contact: Joel Pedersen

E-Mail: jpedersen(at)nwtf.net


New England Forestry Foundation
P. O. Box 1346

Littleton, Massachusetts 01460-4346

Phone: 978-952-6856

Fax: 978-952-6536

E-Mail: pflynn(at)newenglandforestry.org


Newton County Land Trust Alliance
P. O. Box 208

Covington, GA 30015-0208

Phone: 770-786-4390

Fax: 770-786-4418

Contact: Frank Turner, Chairperson

E-Mail: nclandtrust(at)bellsouth.net

North American Land Trust
PO Box 467

Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Phone: 610-388-3670

Fax: 610-388-3673

Contact: Stewardship Coordinator: Steven Carter

E-Mail: scarter(at)nalt.org


Ocmulgee Land Trust
P. O. Box 1017
Macon,GA 31202-1017

Phone: 478-743-7175

Contact: William F. Hodges

E-Mail: HodgesWmF(at)aol.com

Oconee River Land Trust
380 Meigs St

Athens, GA 30601

Phone: 706-552-3138

Fax: 706-613-7775

Contact: Executive Director: Steffney Thompson

E-Mail: steffney(at)orlt.com


Rails to Trails Conservancy
2546 Blairstone Pines Drive

Tallahassee,FL 32301

Phone: 850-942-2379

Fax: 850-942-4431

Contact: Ken Bryan, Director 

E-Mail: rtcken(at)transact.org

Savannah Chatham Area Land Trust

P. O. Box 23911

Savannah, GA 31405

Chief Administrative Officer: Sam L. Jones


E-mail: spare8@juno.com


Smoky Mountain National Land Trust

See Southeast Regional Land Trust

Southeast Land Preservation Trust
11 Wildwood Valley

Atlanta, GA 30350

Phone: 404-892-2912

Fax: 404-420-2299

Contact: Anne Forbes Spengler

E-Mail: spengler@slpt.org


Southeast Regional Land Conservancy
6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Building E, Suite 102

Atlanta,GA 30328

Phone: 770-351-0411 ext 307

Fax: 770-351-0495

Contact: Jim Wright

E-mail: jimw@twcpaga.com


Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land

255 Village Parkway, Suite 560

Marietta, GA 30067


Contact: Bill Jones, Executive Director


Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc
P. O. Box 71857

Chattanooga, TN 37407-0857

Phone: 615-585-5277

Contact: Chairperson: John Hickman

E-Mail: chair@scci.org


Southeastern Climbers Coalition
Box 1212

Gainesville,GA 30503-1212

Phone: 770-535-7446

Contact: Pandra Williams

E-Mail: info@seclimbers.org


Southern Conservation Trust
192 McIntosh Trail

Peachtree City, GA 30269

Phone: 770-846-4730

Fax: 770-486-7775

Contact: Pam Young, Executive Director

E-Mail: p.young@sctlandtrust.org

St. Simons Land Trust
P. O. Box 24615
    1624 Frederica Road, Ste. 6

St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone: 912-638-9109

Fax: 912-638-9160

Contact: Executive Director: Ben Slade


Tall Timbers Research Station
and Land Conservancy

13093 Henry Beadel Drive

Tallahassee , FL 32312-0918

Phone: 850-893-4153 ext 238

Fax: 850-893-7954

Contact: Director: Kevin McGorty

E-Mail: kmcgorty@ttrs.org


The Archaeological Conservancy

Southeast Regional Office

5997 Cedar Crest Road

Acworth, GA 30101

Phone: 770-975-4344

Contact: Southeast Regional Director: Alan D. Gruber

E-Mail: tacseregion@aol.com


The Conservation Fund
100 Edgewood Avenue, NE, Suite 930

Atlanta, GA 30303

tact: Georgia State Director: Andrew Schock

E-Mail: aschock.conservationfund.com


The Karst Conservancy
2911 SE 17th Street

Ocala, Florida 34471-5514

Phone: 352-425-0426

Contact: President: William Walker

E-Mail: bill@karstconservancy.org


The Nature Conservancy in Georgia
1330 West Peachtree Street, Suite 410

Atlanta, GA 30309-2904

Phone: 404-873-6946

Fax: 404-873-6984

Contact: Execurive Director: Deron Davis
E-Mail: deron_davis@tnc.org

The Trust for Public Land
One Georgia Center

600 West Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 1840

Atlanta, GA 30308

Phone: 404-873-7306 ext. 264

Fax: 404-875-9099

Contact: State Director for Georgia/Alabama: Curt Soper

E-Mail: curt.soper@tpl.org

Wetlands America Trust -
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
3870 Leeds Avenue, Suite 114

North Charleston, SC 29405

Phone: 843-745-9110

Fax: 843-745-9112

Contact: Craig LeSchack, Director of Conservation

E-Mail: clschack@ducks.org

Wildlife Land Trust
- Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037

Contact: Executive Director: Dr. John Kullberg