by Carla on October 8th, 2017

ORLT Announces Low Country Boil to Celebrate Landowners


by Carla on October 2nd, 2017

Canoochee Bogs Project Nears Fundraising Goal

Good news keeps pouring in for the Canoochee Bogs Project!  The Georgia Botanical Society has donated $2,000 to the project, which seeks to permanently protect 50 acres of high-priority bog habitat in South Georgia.  The “GA Bot Soc” has supported this project for many years, both financially and in-person. When fundraising efforts began in 2016, the GA Bot Soc was one of the first organizations to donate to the project. The preservation-minded organization has donated $7,000 to the project overall.

The Georgia Botanical Society is an organization which is dedicated to the study and preservation of Georgia’s wild, native, rare, and endangered wildflowers and plant life. They promote the understanding and appreciation of plants and their relationship to the environment, as well as the study of botanical sciences, through fieldtrips, workshops, and special projects.

With this recent support, the project is very near completion. Thank you to the GA Bot Soc for helping to protect this precious resource!

The Canoochee Bogs, which are located in Southeast Georgia, are part of the longleaf pine ecosystem and provide crucial habitat for three carnivorous pitcherplant and seven orchid species, as well as Georgia's state reptile (gopher tortoise), and migratory songbirds. Permanently protecting this habitat from development will safeguard these rare species while allowing for habitat restoration. Ongoing restoration activities include prescribed fire, increasing rare plant populations, and removal of invasive woody shrubs.
 
Conservation groups from across the state, including partners at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Native Plant Society, and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, have worked diligently since the late 1990’s to conserve the Canoochee Bogs, which span several privately-owned land parcels. The private landowners’ willingness to allow access to their land for rare species monitoring and restoration has been critical to this project’s success.
 
Conservation easements (CE) are voluntary, yet legally binding, agreements which allow private land ownership while restricting development. CEs are used to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, scenic areas, agricultural land, and historic sites. Permanently binding, conservation easements benefit current and future generations. Public benefits provided by conservation easements include the protection of drinking water, clean air, and scenic landscapes.

Photo Credit: USFWS


by Carla on September 13th, 2017

Canoochee Bogs Fundraising Goal Nearly Met

Big news for the Canoochee Bogs! The Georgia Native Plant Society and its members recently donated over $7,000 to the bogs during a “challenge grant” from its board of directors. Folks from Vidalia, to Atlanta, and even up to Pennsylvania donated to protect the bogs and had their donations matched by GNPS.

The Georgia Native Plant Society is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the stewardship and conservation of Georgia’s native plants and their habitat. They have played an active role in conserving the bogs over the past 23 years.

With this outpouring of support, the project is only $4,000 away from completion. Thank you to the plant community for helping to protect this precious resource!

The Canoochee Bogs, which are located in Southeast Georgia, are part of the longleaf pine ecosystem and provide crucial habitat for three carnivorous pitcherplant and seven orchid species, as well as Georgia's state reptile (gopher tortoise), and migratory songbirds. Permanently protecting this habitat from development will safeguard these rare species while allowing for habitat restoration. Ongoing restoration activities include prescribed fire, increasing rare plant populations, and removal of invasive woody shrubs.
 
Conservation groups from across the state, including partners at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, have worked diligently since the late 1990’s to conserve the Canoochee Bogs, which span several privately-owned land parcels. The private landowners’ willingness to allow access to their land for rare species monitoring and restoration has been critical to this project’s success.
 
Conservation easements (CE) are voluntary, yet legally binding, agreements which allow private land ownership while restricting development. CEs are used to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, scenic areas, agricultural land, and historic sites. Permanently binding, conservation easements benefit current and future generations. Public benefits provided by conservation easements include the protection of drinking water, clean air, and scenic landscapes.

by Carla on August 16th, 2017

BOGS GRANTED $27,000 FROM U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Project Nears Fundraising Goal



by Carla on August 13th, 2017

Event Details

Raise a glass and toast ORLT's Founders at Smith Wilson and Dianne Penny's farm. Beer, wine, cocktails, and a rich array of desserts will be served. Join us as we honor ORLT's Founders, catch-up with old friends, and enjoy the evening beneath leafy shade trees.
When: Sunday, August 13th at 7:00pm
Where: Smith Wilson and Dianne Penny's Farm
580 Morton Road, Athens, GA 30605 
Who: ORLT members and friends
RSVP required. Please email Carla@oconeeriverlandtrust.org to RSVP.

A History of the Founders


According to one Founding Board Member, this photo represents the early days of ORLT, when the all-volunteer organization was "learning what a land trust was and what it should be doing." Through continuous learning, public outreach, and teamwork, 10 individuals laid the foundation for an organization that has since protected over 26,000 acres of greenspace in Georgia.

ORLT started with a single idea, “Let’s start a land trust,” but it would not be what it is today without the work of many incredible, dedicated people.

Join us as we celebrate ORLT's Founding Board Members and those individuals who have built and sustained us over the years.
 

Who Were the Founding Board Members?

Madeline Van Dyck (President)
Daniel Hope III (Vice President, pictured above on left)
Terry DeMeo (Secretary)
Joseph M. Heikoff (Treasurer)
Laurie Fowler (Counsel)
Albert F. Ike
Hans Neuhauser
W. Robinson Fisher
Milton Hill
Walter F. Cook (Pictured above, on right)
 





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