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 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)

by Carla on May 30th, 2017

ORLT Board Member, Kathy Parker, recently published an article titled, "Tallasee Forest: Avian Gem in the Greenway Necklace." The article highlights the various habitats of the Tallassee Forest and the diverse avian species which use these habitats for foraging, resting during migration, and breeding. Kathy, a retired geographer who travels the world photographing wildlife and landscapes, also included many vibrant shots of bird species that have been found at Tallassee.

Tallassee Forest is a 310-acre conservation easement located on Tallassee Road in Athens. Owned by Athens-Clarke County and slated for public use, it will eventually be open for passive recreation.

If you are interested in the Tallassee Forest, or if you just like birds and beautiful photos, we recommend reading this article! For further information on this conservation easement, please visit our Publications page.

by Carla on January 19th, 2017

Bird with ORLT and the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society at the Lotsanotty protected property in Jackson County. Birders of all levels are welcome to join. Lotsanotty is a forested property with several miles of trail which birders will walk in pursuit of migrating species. In years past, birders have spotted Louisiana waterthrush, summer tanager, black-and-white warblers, great horned owls, and over 30 other species.

The bird walk will begin at 8:00am and end around noon. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate attire. There are no facilities on the property so please bring water and snacks as needed. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Directions: Travel north from Athens on Prince Ave/US 129 into Jackson County.  Immediately past the intersection of GA 330 with US 129, turn LEFT onto Lebanon Church Rd. Then, turn LEFT onto Ford Rd.  Proceed 935 feet to the property entrance on the RIGHT.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No RSVP needed. In case of inclement weather, check the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society website for event status.

by Carla on January 19th, 2017

Bird with ORLT and the Ocmulgee Audubon Society on a conservation easement in Macon. All levels of birders are welcome to join us as we look for migrating warblers, finches, wading birds, and more. We will meet at 7:30am, at Capital City Bank (325 Fifth St., Macon 3120), to carpool down to the uniquely beautiful Walker easement. A former brickyard, this property is now full of wetlands, lakes and bottomland hardwood habitat. FREE and open to the public. No RSVP required.

by Carla on January 18th, 2017

Tuesday, March 28;  9:00am-11:45am

This class is a walking tour of a Conservation Easement managed by the Oconee River Land Trust and owned by Nick and Jane Bath. The walk will wind through hardwood forest and along the Apalachee River in Morgan County where remnants of a dam and bridge are located from historic Snows Mill. The Baths will share why they protected their land with a Conservation Easement and how this ensures that the property will remain free of development forever. The goal of the class is to familiarize OLLI members with the concept of Conservation Easements and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Carpooling from Athens will be encouraged.
About the leaders: Nick and Jane Bath love the outdoors. Nick is a urologist but is quite adept with equipment used outdoors and knows a great deal about plants. Jane was a landscape designer, owned a nursery and finds plants, along with her husband, a love they both share.

This class will be led through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) which provides educational opportunities for its members ages 50+. For more information on joining OLLI and attending the walk, please visit the OLLI website.

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