The Georgia Conservancy has a long history of advocating for the preservation of Georgia's natural resources at the local, state and federal levels.
We've fought for new conservation laws and worked to protect some of Georgia's most important and beautiful places, from Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee Swamp to Sweetwater Creek and the Chattahoochee River.
Under the leadership of former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard, the Georgia Conservancy has adopted a new strategic plan that places a renewed focus on environmental advocacy work.
Our advocacy team, led by Will Wingate, has decades of experience in state politics and is dedicated to using the political process to help protect our state's precious natural resources. We're at the state capitol every day of the legislative session pushing for conservation-minded bills and fighting against legislation that would roll back advancements we've already made.
Under Wingate’s direction, our advocacy program has already scored a number of successes. Most notably, the Conservancy was part of the team that worked with then-Gov. Sonny Perdue and the state Legislature during the 2010 General Assembly to craft and pass the nation’s most progressive water conservation law.
The Georgia Conservancy’s advocacy work doesn’t stop at the capitol steps. We’re working year-round on key issues such as water resources, habitat protection and land conservation to make Georgia a place where people and the environment thrive.
We've also created a new “advocacy” member level geared toward people who have an interest in affecting change on environmental matters but may not be in a position to contribute financially.
Advocacy level members will be expected to perform at least three advocacy "tasks" each year to support the Georgia Conservancy, such as letter writing, sending emails, making phone calls or performing service projects.