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Land Conservation

Georgia is richly blessed with natural resources and a varied landscape of spectacular beauty, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the stately pine forests of the Coastal Plain and the barrier islands and sweeping marshes of our coast. We also have abundant water in our 14 river basins.

With the population of our state at 10 million, development is putting more pressure on our rivers and streams, and poses a threat to our biodiversity. The Georgia Conservancy believes that land conservation is a key to protecting our water resources, our plants and animals, and our citizens. It is for that reason that we have made land conservation a cornerstone of our work.

Launched in early 2011, our land conservation program works on two fronts:


The Georgia Conservancy advocates for local, state and federal policies that encourage land conservation. Our team meets with public officials and their staff at all levels of government to secure their support, or to thank them for their support of land conservation funding and legislation.

Click here to read more about our current advocacy work.

Landowner Outreach

The Georgia Conservancy works with landowners to encourage them to place their land in permanent protection through conservation easements or through participation in various other state and federal programs that provide financial incentives for land protection.

Learn more about the details of our outreach program.

Learn about current tax incentives for land conservation in Georgia.

Check out our Land Conservation Program’s recent news.

In 2015, the Georgia Conservancy helped to protect nearly 28,000 acres of land in Georgia, bringing our five-year Land Conservancy Program total to almost 54,000 acres protected. Learn more about the properties conserved.

If you have any questions about our Land Conservation Program or would like to learn more, please contact Georgia Conservancy Coastal Director Charles McMillan at