GPLT works to educate landowners in order to raise awareness and accomplish our mission to conserve and protect the lands, wildlife, waterways and air we all appreciate each day.
Protecting important lands is all we do. But we cannot do it without you.
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GPLT Awarded Wells Fargo Community Connection Grant
Wells Fargo Supports Land Protection in Your Community (GPLT Receives Grant from Lilburn Branch)
October 18, 2017
The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Lilburn Branch of Wells Fargo to support our mission to ensure that green and open space in northern Georgia provides the ecological benefits essential for healthy communities and a high quality of life for their citizens by: permanently preserving land in the northern regions of Georgia to protect the quality of our waters and woodlands; complementing the conservation efforts of cities and citizens; and saving farmland and historic sites for communities to enjoy now and for generations to come.
“Support from local organizations like Wells Fargo helps us educate the community and work with landowners to protect important land where we all live, work and play.” said Rebecca Spitler, GPLT’s President.
The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers and other lines of business leaders the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice. "We appreciate the support of the Lilburn Wells Fargo branch; they share our commitment to providing a healthy community through greenspace protection,” says Spitler.
Wells Fargo’s branch and line of business managers in Georgia distributed a total of $350,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups - $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each branch manager and line of business.
“Our team members see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference every day,” said Kristina Christy, Wells Fargo’s VP of Community Affairs. “We use this as an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust for all of the value they have provided to our community over the past year.”
Thank you Wells Fargo, we appreciate your continued support!
GPLT Board Member Cox Conserves Heroes Finalist
Dale Higdon Selected as 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes Finalist
October 9, 2017
The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust is proud to announce that long time board member Dale Higdon has been selected as a Cox Conserves Heroes Finalist.
Dale Higdon retired from the Georgia Forestry Commission in 2008 and began devoting countless hours volunteering for environmental organizations. To name a couple, Higdon is a hands-on board member of the Georgia Urban Forest Council, an organization that seeks to help Georgia communities build strong community tree programs. He also volunteers for the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust, helping to preserve land and protect water quality, tree canopy and historic sites. Higdon also volunteers with the Georgia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, as well as the Mill Creek Nature Preserve. His nonprofit of choice is Georgia Piedmont Land Trust.
Please help Dale win this well-deserved honor. To vote for him click the following: Vote for Dale
All votes must be cast no later than October 30!
For more about Dale and his work view his video by clicking the following: Dale's Video
Why We Protect Land
"The story of land is older than the story of man. Every society must devise ways in which its members will share this gift and under what conditions that land will be passed on to the next generation. This is continuity." --From "The Community Land Trust: A Guide to a New Model for Land Tenure in America."
October 13, 2017
GPLT protects land because there is a direct connection between the state of the environment, the quality of our lives and the health of our communities. Preserving the lands of North Georgia ensures a healthy future for generations to come by safeguarding the natural resources that benefit us all.
Having sufficient amounts of natural lands is vital to the survival of our environment. This open space is required to protect our drinking water supplies and clean air, promote healthier, active lifestyles, preserve habitat for native plants and animal species, and provide nesting and breeding places for birds. Land preservation plays a critical role in the future of our environment and benefits our communities in numerous ways:
Protecting Our Water Supply
Our water supply is critical not only to local residents but to the millions of people who live downstream of our creeks, rivers and reservoirs. GPLT targets its preservation work in key watersheds by preserving wetlands, forests and fields that absorb rainwater, reduce flooding and filter contaminants from the environment.
Our water can be protected by preserving land to create buffer zones and water recharge areas along rivers, streams, and creeks, preventing flash floods and keeping pollutants to a minimum. Promoting smart growth and green planning designs can help prevent the construction of impervious surfaces in critical areas where millions of cubic feet of rainwater become polluted runoff.
Enhancing Our Quality of Life
Land preservation is a critical tool in the effort to manage growth wisely and maintain the character of rural, urban and suburban areas where we live, work and play. By working with local governments, organizations and citizens GPLT helps communities protect beautiful landscapes and historic areas, and provide ample space for outdoor recreation.
Protecting Wildlife Habitat
North Georgia is rich with plant and animal life. Our varied landscapes provide diverse habitat for a wide variety of species, including many classified as threatened and endangered. By protecting open space, we are also protecting the woodlands and fields, plants, birds, and animals that are essential to balance and biodiversity in our communities. A strategic preservation plan assures the survival of imperiled species over the long-term and the protection of historically and biologically significant areas.
Civil War Battlefield Protection
GPLT protects several areas of Civil War battlefields, near Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in partnership with the Civil War Trust.
GPLT believes our heritage deserves protection for future generations.
We protect 600+ acres of Civil War battlefields.
GPLT protects several hundred acres of wetlands for the benefit of all Georgians.
Wetlands within and downstream of urban areas are particularly valuable, counteracting the greatly increased rate and volume of surface-water runoff from pavement and buildings. The holding capacity of wetlands helps control floods and prevents water logging of crops. Preserving and restoring wetlands together with other water retention can often provide the level of flood control otherwise provided by expensive dredge operations and levees.
Over 2,000 Acres Protected
GPLT has over 2,000 acres of land under protection.
GPLT has a diverse portfolio of protected properties to include Civil War battlefields in partnership with the Civil War Trust and the American Battlefields Protection Program, a green cemetery in partnership with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, watershed restoration properties, conservation subdivision greenspaces, granite outcrops, habitats with threatened species and a community garden in partnership with citizens like you who care about green and open spaces in their communities.