About Us

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

The GPLT Vision

To be a recognized, accredited land protection organization of integrity in Georgia.

The GPLT Mission

To provide green and open spaces in northern Georgia that are essential for healthy communities and a high quality of life.

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.


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.