Georgia Alabama Land Trust Winter Newsletter 2017

Georgia-Alabama Land Trust – Winter Newsletter 2017

On Friday, December 8th, Georgia and Alabama experienced an unusual snowfall. Our home office in Piedmont, AL got more than 6” of snow and 4 – 6” accumulated in many locations in Georgia. Although it was a beautiful natural event, many properties under our stewardship were affected.

As the end-of-year holidays approach, I wanted to send a quick note of gratitude along with an update on the happenings at our Land Trust. It’s been an incredible year! By the close of 2017 we will have protected nearly 370,000 acres of land. With every acre entrusted to us, we add to the legacy of conservation and, with your help, we are succeeding on our mission of protecting land for present and future generations.

Thank You!

Executive Director Georgia Alabama Land Trust

An Evening on the River – 2017

A spectacular sunset on the Chattahoochee drew friends and supporters of the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust to the riverbank on the evening of Saturday, October 21st. The brilliant fall weather helped make GALT’s Third Annual Open Space Event, held in the Atlanta home of Bo and Eileen DuBose, a great success.

We are grateful to all our sponsors who made the evening possible.

Special Thanks to our Forest Sponsors!

Spotlight on Stewardship

Rachel Mingea, who joins the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust as a Term Land Steward, is enjoying her return to the South where she can wear shorts in December and is within easy reach of friends and family in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. She and her husband Bert currently live in Valdosta, where she serves as a steward for the Southwest Georgia region. The Gulf Oil spill in 2010 turned this English major into a passionate environmentalist, leading her to Boston where she obtained an M.L.A. in Environmental Management & Sustainability with a concentration in Ecology at Harvard’s Extension School.

All of our land stewards have been busy this Fall – performing baseline reports, disaster recovery and annual site visits – and we are grateful to them for their hard work.

Stewardship after Natural Disasters

Hurricane Irma, which originated as an extremely powerful and catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, was downgraded to a tropical storm when it crossed into Georgia on September 10, 2017, and to a tropical depression as it moved into Alabama the following day. Since then, many of our landowners have been busy assessing Irma’s destruction to their fields, forests and coastal areas. Any time an Act of God creates damage to a conservation easement, especially to Special Natural or Preservation Areas, we ask that you reach out to your Regional Stewardship Manager (RSM) by phone or email as soon as it is practical – preferably before clean-up efforts are begun.

Contact your RSM (Regional Stewardship Manager)

When disasters happen, safety is our primary concern. As a partner in stewarding your land, we are available to you for support when the unforeseen occurs. While notice within 30 to 45 days is requested, we appreciate that emergency conditions may make this ordinary timeline difficult to meet. Any photos or maps of damaged areas would be extremely useful. If you are unsure of how to reach your RSM, please contact the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust Stewardship Director Amy Gaddy at stewardship@galandtrust.org.

Special thanks to everyone who supported our FundAConservationNeed program.

The items you sponsored are used in the field every day by our Land Stewards!