The New Kia Telluride Joins the Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Program


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ATLANTA (August, 9 2019) A carload of paddlers, a rooftop of canoes, a trailer full of coolers and shovels, and miles of rugged road ahead - leading more than two dozen outdoor adventures and service projects across Georgia annually calls for a tough, reliable workhorse of a car. Thanks to West Point, Georgia-based Kia Motors Manufacturing (KMMG), the Georgia Conservancy’s Stewardship Trips program now has just the right vehicle for the job – the new Kia Telluride.

“It’s wonderful to have the Telluride as the newest member of the program,” says Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Clark Harrison. “Having a vehicle that can so effortlessly tackle whatever job we may have for it, from hauling trailers loaded with gear to sitting six additional participants for shuttles, makes the planning and execution of trips that much easier. It has already been a huge asset!”

Preparing for another year venturing into Georgia’s backroads, the Georgia Conservancy was among the first Telluride orders in the country. The Conservancy also visited KMMG, witnessing firsthand the world-class quality that goes into each vehicle produced at the facility.

“The Georgia Conservancy is so appreciative to Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia for all the support in helping the trips program purchase its first car,” says Georgia Conservancy President Bart Gobeil. “KMMG and its team members have been longtime supporters of the Georgia Conservancy’s mission, and we are very proud to have them as Georgia-based Natural Partners of the organization.”

As part of KMMG’s Matching Gift Program, team member and company contributions to the Georgia Conservancy this year totaled approximately $27,000.

“We are proud that Georgia Conservancy has selected the Telluride to help connect Georgia’s most precious places and the people needed to protect them,” said Stuart Countess, chief operations officer of KMMG. “The Telluride is a big, bold SUV ready to help adventure seekers explore and conserve the many natural wonders of scenic Georgia.”

KMMG has long worked with the Georgia Conservancy to forward its mission of protecting and conserving Georgia’s natural resources through both corporate sponsorship and teaming up for service projects in Troup County, including the installation of a pollinator garden along the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway and trash clean-ups at West Point Lake.


Founded in 1967, the Georgia’s Conservancy’s mission is to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration. Its vision is a Georgia where people and the environment thrive.