About Us

The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust (GPLT) has been Protecting Land
Since 1998

What is a Land Trust

A land trust is generally a private, nonprofit corporation organized to protect land for its natural, recreational, scenic, historical or productive values, according to the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization dedicated to advancing the conservation of land resources.

The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust (GPLT) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that acquires and stewards fee simple and conservation easement land donations to achieve one or more conservation purposes. The conservation purposes we protect include:

- Natural Habitat
- Water Quality (Watersheds, Wetlands & Mitigation Banks)
- Working Lands (Farm & Forestry)
- Woodlands Historic Lands (Battlefields)
- Open Space and Scenic Values
- Community Greenspaces

As a qualified and accredited land trust GPLT must:

- Comply with IRS criteria for land preservation.
- Operate according to accepted practices and standards as established by the Land Trust Alliance for conservation and stewardship.

The GPLT Vision

We help people understand why habitat matters by inspiring them to reconnect with the land and nature.

The GPLT Mission

GPLT's mission is: Our focus is 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
- Saving farmland and historic sites for communities to enjoy now
   and for generations to come.


It all started in 1998 with a group of concerned citizens.

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Service Area

Our service area covers the northern half of Georgia.

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View a timeline of significant GPLT events.

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Land We Protect

What type of land do we protect?

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Why We
Protect Land

We protect land because there is a direct connection between the environment, the quality of our lives and the health of our communities.

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How We
Protect Land

GPLT protects land through conservation easements or fee simple land donations.

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Donating Land

It all starts with your vision for the land. What do you want to protect?

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Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation.

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Kistner Center

The Kistner Center is a private property owned and protected by GPLT.

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More information for landowners actively speaking to GPLT about a land protection project.

Landowner Information (Password Protected)

Information for GPLT Board Members.

Board Member (Password Protected)

Thank you to Hank Ohme, Suzy Downing, Dale Higdon
& Carol Hassell for all our spectacular pictures.