September 17-18, 2019

Merry Acres Event Center, Dougherty Colonial Room
1504 Dawson Road
Albany, Georgia


Co-sponsored by GALT and UGA’s Warnell School of Continuing Education, this 1 ½ day course features sustainable protection agreements for “working forest” land and conservation easement updates. Continuing Education credits, including Ethics.

For more informaiton, contact Ingvar Elle at 706-583-0566 or email him at



  Tuesday, September 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:30 – 8:00: Registration;

8:00 – 8:15: Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr., Continuing Education Instructor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, and Katherine Eddins, Executive Director, Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc., “Opening Remarks”;

8:15 – 9:00: Session I: Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr., “Conservation Easements as an Element of Forest Land Use Controls”;

9:00 – 10:00: Session II: Katherine Eddins, “Recent Developments in Conservation Easement Due Diligence and Drafting”;

10:00 – 10:15: Refreshment Break;

10:15 – 11:00: Session III: Dr. Yan Shu Li, Forest Economics and Taxation Outreach Specialist, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, “The Georgia Timber Tax Credit”;

11:00 – 12:00: Session IV: Drew Ruttinger, Conservation Planner, Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc., “Forest Baseline Information: Documentation and Annual Monitoring”;

12:00 – 12:45: Catered Lunch;

12:45 – 1:45: Session V: Frank Smith, Deputy Executive Director, Georgia State Properties Commission, “The Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program”;

1:45 – 2:45: Session VI: Brian R. Bojo, McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe, LLP, “Conservation Easement Case Law Update”;

2:45 – 3:00: Refreshment Break;

3:00 – 4:00: Session VII: Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, “The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act Program”; and

4:00 – 5:00: Session VIII: Steve Greenberg, Staff Attorney, Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc., “Land Trusts and Conservation Easements – Ethics.”

Wednesday, September 18, 7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

 7:30 – 7:45: Quick Sign In;

7:45 – 8:45: Session IX: George S. Petkovich, MAI, Pritchett, Ball & Wise, Inc., “Appraisal of Conservation Easements”;

8:45 – 9:45: Session X: Stephanie Surles, CPA, Partner, Howard, Moore & McDuffie, P.C., “Accounting Issues Presented by Conservation Easements”;

9:45 – 10:00: Refreshment Break;

10:00 – 11:00: Session XI: Panel – Chad Hancock, F&W Forestry, Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr., and Katherine Eddins, “Forest Management Plans and Conservation Easements”;

11:00 – 12:00: Session XII: Steve Greenberg, “Understanding and Implementing Forest Owners’ Intentions for Conservation Easements – Professionalism”;

12:00 – 12:15: Refreshment Break; and

12:15 – 12:45: Katherine Eddins and Dr. Harry L. Haney, Jr., “Review and Closing Remarks.”

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