Wildlife and Farmland
The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust refers to State Wildlife Action Plans to guide landowners and encourage them to incorporate special provisions in their conservation easements that help promote state wildlife conservation goals. Lands identified as critical for protection in the plans are highly desirable candidates for protection via conservation easement.
We also work with farmers to preserve fertile soils. Food producing soils across Alabama and Georgia have been under increasing threat by development over the past decade. Conservation easements can be used to preserve working farms and ranches. for years, the Alabama-Georgia Land Trust has been working with farmers in southwest Georgia, preserving over 20,000 acres of food-producing soils.
Both the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have master plans for the protection of wildlife and habitat called Wildlife Action Plans.
Some examples of threatened and endangered species for which our conservation efforts provide habitat include the following:
— Our collaboration with the Army Compatible Use Buffer program and the conservation easement projects surrounding Fort Stewart protect potential and existing habitats that are capable of supporting the rare species known to exist on Fort Stewart, including the flatwoods salamander, striped newt, gopher frog, Bachman’s sparrow, swallow-tailed kite, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, indigo snake, Florida pine snake, purple honeycomb head, and pondspice.