The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust – Conservation as Legacy
The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that actively works to conserve and steward land. We are the largest land trust that services the Southeastern region of the United States. Since 1994, our mission has been protecting land for present and future generations.
As of January 2018, we protect over 370,000 acres of natural resources including working farms, forests and wetlands.
Land trusts and conservation easements often help families keep their family farms. Most land trusts are community-, state- or region-based and deeply connected to local needs. They are well-equipped to identify land that offers critical natural habitat as well as recreational, agricultural and other conservation value.
Protected Areas in Georgia & Alabama
20% Freshwater & Coastal – 30% Forests & Tree Farms – 50% Farms & Plantations
The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc. is an accredited member of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land trust organization with a mission to “save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America.” The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems–and is the national standard bearer and advocate for more than 1,000 land trusts across America.
Conservation Easements: Management Tools for Working Lands
Purpose/About the Course
The purpose of this course is to provide a working knowledge of conservation easements as a land-use control. It provides guidance on drafting conservation easement agreements to achieve landowner goals for their property. Land Trusts discuss their philosophy of land use protection and what they can offer landowners. This course offers a comprehensive overview of legal, appraisal, base line information, tax incentives, and other inputs needed for a successful conservation easement agreement.
The objective is to provide guidance for attendees in reaching a sustainable agreement for protecting forest land. A framework is offered for analyzing protection goals for reaching a successful agreement in the context of legal constraints and tax incentives.
You will learn:
- 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 easement
Who Will Benefit?
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.