About ORLT

The Oconee River Land Trust is a non-profit organization  in Athens, Georgia that partners with landowners and local governments to conserve natural forests and working lands along Georgia’s rivers, streams and wetlands. Since 1993, ORLT has worked with public and private landowners to protect 42,000 acres of land and 176 miles of rivers and streams.

We love connecting people to the outdoors, whether it's their first hike or their hundredth. Check out our events on this page for opportunities to hike trails, enjoy concerts, take a foraging workshop, and more!

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COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives in big and small ways, ORLT remains committed to carrying out our conservation mission while keeping our supporters and staff well.

Thus, while ORLT's March events are cancelled and the office is closed, ORLT staff have been working hard from home, as well as from in the field, monitoring conservation easements. Social distancing has never been easier when you're by yourself in five hundred acres of forest!

We look forward to seeing you all outdoors again at one of our future events once this is over. In the meantime, stay well and join us in helping keep our community healthy by following CDC guidelines

For any questions, please email us at oconeeriverlandtrust@gmail.com.

All the best,
Steffney Thompson, Executive Director

Thank you all so much for the amazing turnout at our 3rd Annual Oconee River Belles Benefit Concert! 

It was so special sharing the night with you all, thank you to Alison Brown, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Cicada Rhythm for partnering with us to put this concert on!


We also would like to send a huge thanks to the Riverview Foundation for underwriting the concert as well as our sponsors for making this night happen:
Riverview Foundation, Shiraz Fine Wine, Half Shepherd Cheese Shop, Carson Advisory, Five Arrow Farms, Walt Cook, Ken Jarrett and Joan Jackson, Madeline VanDyck, Mark Huber, Dan Hope, Roger and Pat Nielsen, Richard and Susan Field, Ferdinand Seefried, Larry Dendy, John Willis, John Pickering, and Nat and Helen Kuykendall.

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