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.

by Carla on January 18th, 2017

Roll up your sleeves, grab a net, and search for critters in Athens' streams! Dragonfly nymphs, water pennies, crayfish, freshwater clams, and more await volunteers' nets. No sampling experience neccessary as ORLT and Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN) personnel will be on hand to teach netting techniques and animal ID. This is a unique chance to visit conserved land and streams that are normally closed to the public. The event will take place on Sunday, March 19th from 1:00-4:00.

We will monitor three streams simultaneously: Boulder Creek, Noketchee Creek, and a tributary of the Middle Oconee.
  • Boulder Creek is a rocky, urban stream located near Beech Creek Baptist Church on West Broad St. It is an urban oasis.
  • Noketchee Creek is located off of Nowhere Rd in Northeast Athens.
  • The Middle Oconee River tributary is located near Burney-Harris Lyons Middle School on Tallassee Rd.
The creatures that volunteers net will be recorded to asses both water quality and stream habitat. The basic principle behind the study of macroinvertebrates is that some species are more sensitive to pollution than others. StreamBlitz is a great chance to experience locally protected land while contributing to scientific understanding. There will be three sample sites, locations TBD.

Volunteers should wear outdoor-weather appropriate clothes that can get dirty. Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended but not required. Bring water and snacks as needed. Sample sites do not have restroom facilities as they are on wooded tracts of land. Hiking over uneven terrain will be necessary to reach sample sites. ORLT and UOWN will provide all sampling supplies. You do not have to be a member to take part. All ages welcome.

RSVP to Carla at or at 706-552-3138. Please specify which site you prefer. Limit 10 volunteers per site.

by Carla on December 1st, 2016

Join ORLT at 1pm on the scenic Lotsanotty property in Jackson County. Located on the Middle Oconee River, this forested property's trails wind past a hardwood forest, a scenic stream, and many native plants. ORLT staff will lead a 2-mile nature walk but we encourage hikers to share their outdoor knowledge with the group too.

The winter hike will also serve as the annual visit to this privately held conservation easement. Land trusts are required to visit protected properties each year and ORLT would love to have you join us at the Lotstanotty easement!

Wear hiking shoes and outdoor weather clothing. Bring water and snacks if needed. There are no facilities at Lotsanotty as it is an undeveloped forest.

Meet at the property on Ford Rd. in Jackson County.

Directions: From Athens, head north on Hwy 129. As you approach Hwy 330, get into the left hand turn land but PASS 330 and turn left on the next road: Lebanon Church Rd. Once on Lebanon Church Rd you will pass Atticus church immediately on your left. Continue down Lebanon Church Road for about 2 miles and as you are coming up a hill, look for Ford Rd on your left and a "dead end" sign. Turn left onto Ford Rd, go about 900 ft, and park

by Carla on November 30th, 2016

Check back soon for dates on land monitor training in early 2017. As stewards of protected land, ORLT must visit each of our 70+ properties each year to make sure conservation agreements between landowners and the land trust are being met. With many wonderful landowners and gorgeous land, visiting these properties can be a treat.

To be added to our land monitor mailing list, email

by Carla on October 31st, 2016

Homeowners can help native species thrive by controlling non-native speicies in their own backyards!

by Carla on October 20th, 2016

Date: Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm
Location:  The Foundry at The Graduate in Athens
Details: Grammy Award-winning banjoist Alison Brown, Claire Lynch and a special appearance by the Indigo Girls will headline.
Opening Band: Sans Abri, with Josh Erwin, Michael Paynter and Troy Harris of the Packway Handle Band
Tickets: $30/$35 after Oct. 1, and $40 at the door. Purchase tickets here
Sponsorship Opportunities: Contact Outreach Coordinator Carla Francis at 706-552-3138 or by email at

Watershed Sponsors

Capital Conservation Services

River Sponsors

​Winfield Conservation Services
The Winthrop Foundation


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Oconee River Belles Patrons

​Madeline and Phil Van Dyck
Smith Wilson and Dianne Penny
Robinson and Barbara Fisher
Walt Cook
Larry Dendy
Roger and Pat Nielsen
Dick and Susan Field
Nat and Helen Kuykendall
Dan and Ann Hope
Walter and Susan Wellman
Dan and Sally Coenen

by Carla on September 12th, 2016

​For one week, starting September 19 and ending September 25, your favorite college radio station is opening up its DJ booth doors to the Athens community. For a $10/hr donation to the Oconee River Land Trust, anyone and everyone can play or say just about anything on the 90.5 FM frequency. There is no experience needed as a trained DJ will be present to assist you at all times.

Sign up here! But please read through the following document before signing up. It contains rules and general info. Any additional questions can be directed to

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