Gaining Ground

Georgia

1,130,531

Acres Protected

That’s about 856,463 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Visitors to Land Trust Properties

3,105

More and more people are enjoying the benefits of nature.

Percent of Land Trusts That Provide Public Access to Their Lands

73%

Land trusts provide opportunities to recreate and recharge.

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

Georgia land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.

Active Land Trusts

19

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

10

https://www.landtrustalliance.org/what-we-doLand Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

Learn about the land trust alliance
Accredited Land Trusts

6

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • Members/financial supporters

    46,865

  • Volunteers

    1,062

  • Full-time staff

    44

  • Part-time staff

    15

  • Board members

    151

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    86 years old (1936)

  • Youngest

    10 years old (2012)

  • Median age

    22 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

67%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

17%

Land Protected

There has been a 118% increase in Georgia land protected by land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Georgia lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
518,953
909,415
1,130,531
+118%
Under easement
173,007
478,018
585,270
+238%
Owned
74,199
138,651
161,714
+118%
Acquired and reconveyed
218,551
236,674
292,431
+34%
Protected by other means
53,195
56,199
91,116
+71%

Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

91%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$1 billion

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

141,800

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.

Making a Difference

Georgia land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Georgia's most pressing issues.

  • Protecting family farms: The Athens Land Trust created the Williams Farm Incubator Program to provide access to land, training and resources to beginning farmers belonging to groups whose members have historically been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice. The goal of the program is to help these farmers hone their skills and develop independent sustainable farms.

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  • Ensuring clean water: The accredited St. Simon's Land Trust protects Cannon's Point Preserve, which has some of the last intact maritime forest on St. Simons Island and is rich in cultural and natural history. The peninsula has over 6 miles of salt marsh, tidal creek and river shoreline that provide habitat for wildlife such as oysters, birds, fish and manatee.

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Land Trusts Working in Georgia

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.